The UCF, an agriculture social enterprise, 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 poor smallholder farmers, particularly women, with initial planting materials along with sufficient organic fertilizers and technical training on specific crops, then 2] pool together their produce and market it under a single umbrella. This enables these small farmers to have a combined production that attracts larger buyers—enabling them to get better prices and high-value markets that they couldn’t access before.
At this point, though, we face a completely new challenge: fresh agricultural produce is subject to the most volatile market conditions. As such, we have to devise a scalable and resilient plan for marketing our farmers’ fresh produce. Our current plan therefore is to set up an agricultural processing plant whose purpose is to create resilient markets for the local farmers’ produce — through value-addition.