Thematic Area 1: Agriculture and Livelihoods

We support small holder farmers to improve their skills in the best practices of Agriculture and Livestock breed improvement. We help them to access better crop varieties, market information and offer them exposer visits. We also support the youth and vulnerable rural women acquire basic and DIT certified skills as an empowerment strategy to boost their livelihoods.

Thematic Area 1: Agriculture and Livelihoods

The photo above is of Ms Sokondina displaying her pineapple fruits for sell “benefits of improved planting materials and training’’

HOCADEO has been able to achieve the milestones below through the different programmes and projects it implemented in different districts. HSAP was implemented in Kagadi district, MENU was implemented in Kakumiro, Hoima and Masindi Districts, GWDP was implemented in Kagadi district, PHARVID was implemented in Kikube district and these are the major contributing programmes/projects to the achieved milestones in this Thematic Area.

Results Achieved:

  • 57% of the target farmer HHs (1,030) have adopted Farm planning practices.
  • 78% of the trained farmers (1,300) apply soil fertility management practices compared to the set target of 75%.
  • 60% of the target farmers (1,300) apply soil and water Conservation measures, compared to the target of 70%.
  • 75% of the trained farmers (1,300) are knowledgeable and use IPDM practices on their farms. Compared to the set target of 70%.
  • There is overall increase in yields per acre by 42% compared to the set target of 50%, for the five prioritized crops (Maize, Bananas, Ground nuts and Rice).
  • Maize increased from 1,095Kgs per acre to 1,400Kgs
  • Groundnuts increased from 403Kgs per acre to 660Kgs
  • Rice increased from 1,124Kgs per acre to 1,400Kgs
  • Bananas increased from 514 bunches per acre to 787 Bunches
  • 76% of the target farmers (1,300) have adopted livestock production and management practices, against the set target of 75%. 
  • Increased number of livestock per household (goats, pigs and poultry) by 138% compared to the set target of 300%. Goats 3 to 6, pigs 2 to 4 and chicken 10 to 24.  
  • Improved animal breeds in the target communities.
  • The farmers have been able to increase their profits through collective marketing. 65% of the trained men and women farmers (1,025) market their produce jointly.
  • Improved access to market information which is given monthly regarding the prices of commodities and markets which offer better prices, through a platform that was created to disseminate market information and other agricultural related messages.
  • The 63% of the trained farmers have adopted improved postharvest handling and storage technologies/practices to reduce post-harvest losses.
  • Increased access to quality planting materials by farmers. 80% of the trained men and women farmers use proper seed selection.  Most of the farmers (90%) use home saved and properly selected seed.
  • 55% the targeted small-holder farmer HHs (1,030) have adopted and use small-scale irrigation and household-level water harvesting technologies
Photograph above showing the shoes made by group members of Rubirizi A Produce and buying group.
The representative of the Ambassador of Belgium to Uganda Mr Alexandre Brec after handing over a dummy cheque to one of the VSLA groups in Kyangwali.
A photo showing Herbal soap made by group members of Rubirizi A
Above: Bashimbe Degaulle a Congolese refugee youth was supported by Caritas to acquire three months vocational skills training in Carpentry and Joinery. He is able to make furniture products from skills got. Furthermore, a local refugee initiative Planning for Tomorrow (P4T) signed an agreement with him to train 5 other youth carpentry and joinery. Apparently, he is able make some profits and meet household obligations. He hopes to go back and complete his course.

Success story 1:  From foot to Bike

Narwere Suzan, a beneficiary of Kyabeya village, Masaka parish, Nalweyo Sub County in Kakumiro District started as a tertiary vine multiplier in 2018 growing OSP vines on 0.5 of an acre and gradually expanded to two acres. Selling OSP vines and roots to different institutions, local communities and markets has enabled Suzan to save her income and investe in piggery and poultry a long side crop farming. She has been able to buy a brand-new motorcycle from her savings.

Success Story 2: Iron beans for school fees

Kikobe Sarah a resident of Mukaiha village, Bwijanga Sub County in Masindi District knew about MENU project in 2019A, during the awareness drives to promote biofortification of Iron Beans and OSPs. She picked interest in the project and started as a vulnerable farmer and in 2019A graduated to a commercial farmer where she bought 30kgs of iron beans and planted on 1.5 acres in agreement with the Nyamigisa Girls School to supply iron beans for fees exchange for her daughter. Sarah harvested 367 kgs valued at 660,600/= and exchanged them for school fees.  I thank HarvestPlus through HOCADEO for supporting the education of my children.

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