The UCF has so far given out over 4,000 kg of ginger rhizomes to 336 farmers. And in 2016, a well-wisher from Seattle, USA donated a dump truck (see photo below) to the UCF. The truck delivers nutrient-rich organic fertilizers (mainly cow dung and residues from a neighboring sugar factory) to all our farmers. And at harvest, the UCF helps farmers access better prices for their produce by creating reliable market linkages.
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 attracts 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; banana; passion fruits; jackfruit; papaya, etc. This will help our farmers diversify their incomes and escape poverty.