The Uganda Community Farm — or simply the UCF — is a nonprofit social enterprise situated on 12 acres in Namisita, a village in a remote part of Kamuli, eastern Uganda. The UCF resulted from its founder’s lifelong struggle with hunger and chronic poverty.
If you are wondering how a small farm ended up with the name Uganda Community Farm, see how the UCF began. And read on below to learn about our business model.
Unlike traditional community farms where all the participating farmers work on the same land, our land is too small to move many farmers from poverty if used that way.
Rather, what we do is: we identify a specific crop of interest, and grow it ourselves on our 12 acres. We then get many other rural poor farmers to grow the same crop on their own land, by providing them with seed, and the needed agronomic training. This enables us to work with any number of farmers, spanning a bigger total acreage, than what our 12 acres would have allowed. The UCF also has its own dump truck. Where our capacity allows, this truck delivers organic fertilizers to all our farmers. If not, the truck only supplies seed to farmers at planting & gathers produce at harvest. We then create market links for our collective produce, and market it under a single umbrella.
Our work blends 3 models: 1) a farmers cooperative, in the way we work with other farmers. 2) a nonprofit, in the way we support other farmers, because we are working with some of the poorest rural farmers who can’t get started on their own, 3) a social enterprise, in the way we seek to use self-sustainability to create impact, and to scale.