The UCF has so far given out 4 tons of ginger rhizomes to 38 farmers’ groups, comprising 336 farmers. Individuals get 20 kg of rhizomes each. Groups receive 100 kg of rhizomes per group. At harvest, each farmer or group passes on the exact quantity of seed (that they initially got) to a new farmer—and the cycle continues!
Most smallholder farmers in Uganda own 1 – 2 acres of land. Many have even smaller sizes. These farmers cannot sell their produce to larger buyers, as these buyers only need producers that can provide large tonnages on a sustained basis. By pooling together our farmers’ produce and marketing it under a single umbrella, we are creating a combined production that can attract such buyers. This helps the small farmers to get better prices and high-value markets they couldn’t access before.
And, with a new focus on resilient markets through agro-processing, 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 that the local farmers are already producing, e.g. mangoes; pineapples; carrots; oranges; jackfruit; kale; papaya; cucumber etc. This will help our farmers diversify their incomes and escape poverty.