More than anything else, we are small farmers ourselves. We grow a lot of crops at the UCF, and have the same challenges as all the other poor farmers we work with. That’s what guides our passion for transforming smallholder farming to end poverty.
The UCF, or the Uganda Community Farm, is a nonprofit social enterprise situated on a 12-acre piece of land, in a remote countryside of Kamuli — eastern Uganda. 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 extreme 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 poor smallholder farmers, particularly women and the youth, with initial seed, along with ample organic fertilizers and technical training on specific crops, and 2] We pool together these farmers’ produce and market it under a single umbrella — linking them to high-value markets and better prices that they couldn’t access before.