The UCF, a community agriculture project, aims to equip Uganda’s rural poor with the knowledge & skills to lift themselves from extreme poverty in a self sufficient way.
Our approach is twofold:
1] Provide rural poor farmers with initial ginger rhizomes along with sufficient organic fertilizers and technical training on ginger growing, then 2] pool together these farmers’ ginger produce and market it under a single umbrella. This gives the small farmers an opportunity to have a combined production that can attract larger buyers—such as wholesale grocers and bottling companies—enabling the farmers to get better prices and high-value markets that they couldn’t access before.
Marketing of our farmers’ produce is the sole responsibility of the UCF. And so, to counter the volatility of markets/demand for fresh produce; achieve market scale and help our farmers get higher prices, the UCF now wants to start producing value-added food products, such as ginger ale . Our next challenge therefore is set up a Food & Beverage offshoot to handle the part of value-addition. See our Concept Note.