At present, the only crop for which we can find a reliable market is white sorghum.
Since August 2019, the UCF is running a project where we provide rural poor farmers in Kamuli and Buyende with seed; training, and inputs like tarpaulins, for clean post-harvest handling. The agribusiness manager for Uganda Breweries, Joseph Kawuki, has also offered a ready market for our sorghum. This marks the first time farmers in our region — who already have no market for all other crops, and who aren’t part of any agricultural value chains — will access a mainstream market in the agri-food industry.
In hindsight, the key underlying reason that keeps every rural smallholder farmer in our region in extreme poverty is the absence of reliable markets for our produce. So, by providing rural poor farmers with inputs, and building new market linkages, we are both giving these farmers a hand-up, and placing them on a self-sufficient path from poverty. Please note, though, this project is only still in its infancy, and rural farmers take time to adopt something new, among other challenges that come along with operating in a setting like ours. If you could help, see our project needs here (PDF).
Also, please note that this project is completely charitable, and we have no way of running it on a self-sustaining business model, as farmers are unable to secure the needed inputs on their own, at least at the beginning. Every $12 that you can help us raise provides one farmer with 4kg of sorghum seed for one acre; $24 provides 8kgs of seed for two acres; $42 provides one farmer with a tarpaulin for clean post-harvest handling; $169 covers a month’s salary for one person on our community outreach team, and $280 covers our monthly fuel costs for daily field visits to local farmers.