For now, the only crop for which we can get a ready market is sorghum. In Aug 2019, the UCF is providing 1.2 tons of beer-making sorghum seed to ~400 farmers. This seed will plant 300 acres. The agricultural officer for Uganda Breweries, Joseph Kawuki, has also offered a guaranteed market for our sorghum. It will be the first time farmers in our region — who already have no market for other crops, and who aren’t part of any agricultural value chains — will access a mainstream market in the agri-food industry.
Providing farmers with sorghum seed and agronomic training will be continuous each subsequent planting season. From the initial village-to-village orientation that we are conducting now, the number of participating farmers is set to more than double in 2020. Gathering that sorghum from farmers and delivering it to the brewery after every harvest, which in 2019 alone is estimated to be 300 tons from the 300 acres, is also the responsibility of the UCF. Please watch this page for photos from this work: