The Uganda Community Farm (UCF), also known as the Uganda Farm, is a nonprofit social enterprise situated on 12 acres in a remote part of Kamuli, eastern Uganda. We are ourselves farmers in the first place. We grow various crops at the UCF. We then get a network of fellow poor farmers to do the same, by helping them secure inputs. Lastly, we build market links for our collective produce. That’s what informs our work.
The UCF is the brainchild of farmers who, only a few years ago, lived in absolute poverty. Today, not only do we have plenty of food being grown by ourselves here at the UCF, we are also helping many other poor smallholder farmers escape poverty.
Our mission is to lift rural smallholder farmers from extreme poverty in eastern Uganda through access to viable agricultural markets. Our vision is a rural poor population that is equipped with the knowledge and skills to lift themselves from extreme poverty in a self-sustaining manner. To this end, our approach is twofold:
1] We provide our fellow poor farmers, particularly women and the youth, with initial seed, along with ample organic fertilizers and technical training on specific crops, and 2] We pool our collective produce and market it under a single umbrella — linking poor farmers to high-value markets and better prices that they couldn’t access before.