The UCF is currently supporting a network of 336 fellow poor farmers, and we are just getting started. We have also thus far provided over 4,000 kg of ginger rhizomes to these farmers. And in 2016, a well-wisher from Seattle, USA donated a dump truck (photo below) to the UCF. The truck delivers nutrient-rich organic fertilizers to our fellow poor farmers, distributes seed at planting, and collects produce from farmers at harvest. The UCF then creates market linkages for our collective produce.
Most poor smallholder farmers in Uganda own 1 – 2 acres of land. Many have even smaller sizes, and their soils are typically exhausted. These farmers cannot sell their produce to larger buyers. By helping them enhance their soils; secure inputs and market their produce under a single umbrella, we are helping these smallholder farmers access high-value markets and better prices they couldn’t access before.
And, with a new focus on access to markets through value-added agriculture, our new goal is to help farmers diversify their incomes, by adding value not only to ginger [which has been our sole focus crop], but to a wide range of crops the local farmers are already producing, e.g. mangoes; pineapples; banana; passion fruits; jackfruit; papaya, etc. This will help poor farmers diversify their incomes and escape poverty.