We are presently working together with over 400 fellow poor farmers, and we are only getting started. We have also thus far provided over 4,000 kg of ginger rhizomes to these farmers, in partnership with RandomActs.org. And in 2016, a well-wisher from Seattle donated to us a dump truck (photos below). The truck delivers organic wastes (fertilizers) to all the farmers we work with, and distributes seed at planting. The UCF then creates market links for our collective produce, so we can market it together.
In retrospect, the absence of reliable markets remains the main challenge for farmers across our region. The UCF is striving to change this by getting rural poor smallholder farmers integrated into agri-value chains, e.g. in the food and beverage industry. It is the goal of our new sorghum project, as well as our intended agro-processing plant.
With a new focus on getting rural poor farmers integrated into agri-value chains, our new goal is to help small farmers diversify their incomes, through access to reliable markets for their crops, and thus place them on a self-sustainable path from poverty.