The UCF, an agriculture social enterprise, is lifting the poorest households from extreme poverty in eastern Uganda through direct income generation from fresh organic ginger.

The UCF aims to equip Uganda’s rural poor with the knowledge and skills to lift themselves from extreme poverty in a self sufficient manner. We are doing this by 1) training rural smallholder farmers on organic ginger, and 2) pooling together these small farmers’ ginger produce and marketing it under a single umbrella of the UCF.

This gives the farmers an opportunity to have a combined production that can attract larger buyers—e.g. wholesale grocers and bottling companies like coca cola—enabling the farmers to get better prices and high-value markets they couldn’t access before.

Initially intended to create self sustainability for our previous conservation activities in Uganda’s deforested countryside, our vision later turned towards enabling people in the same communities embrace market-based solutions to the root causes of poverty.