Work With Us — on our Intended Plant
Work with us as a single team, to help us develop our intended agro-processing plant, if you are either someone who believes in the collaborative framework laid out by the Global Goals (i.e. SDG 17), or someone who simply believes in a poverty-free world. This plant is intended to enable the extreme poor in our region build some functional level of resilience, by creating new market linkages for rural poor smallholder farmers.
Please learn about the intended plant here: http://www.ugandafarm.org/plant-details/
Note: we are seeking a threshold of $15m to get this plant off the ground. But, as described under “Funding Targets” in our current fundraiser for this plant (see link below), we will install a specific portion of this plant once the money we have raised is at intervals of $240k; $620k; $1m and $15m. That is, we will begin developing this plant once we raise $240k, and we will complete it once we have raised $15m in total. So, every little support that we can raise will make a small incremental beginning.
HOW YOU CAN HELP — IN MORE GENERAL TERMS:
1). The UCF is looking for collaborators (be it individuals, businesses, nonprofits, Universities, etc.) who may be able to work with us in any possible way, whether that means embedding one or two people from your team, and placing them directly at the UCF in Uganda for 1 – 2 years (even if only intermittently), and then working together with us as ONE team from start to finish, to help us develop this plant.
2). We have a fundraiser that has specifically been created to raise support for this plant. Please take a look at that fundraiser here: https://go.rallyup.com/endpoverty
We are seeking the help of some creatives, to help amplify this fundraiser via social media, to enable us leverage the power of the masses to raise the needed support.
3). The prospect of raising $15m (or ideally more) via a crowdfundraiser is purely contingent. We are very earnestly in need of helping hands, e.g. from people in the business world, or those from the philanthropic community, who may be able to help us raise part of this money either via personal contributions, or via their networks.
HOW YOU CAN HELP — MORE SPECIFICALLY:
1). Share our current fundraiser, and be sure to contribute. Another way you can help is by rallying your network to help us raise a small fraction of the needed funding.
2). Place one or two people from your team directly at the UCF (once COVID-19 has abated), and then work with us as ONE team from start to finish, to help us develop this plant, by sharing knowledge, and recruiting your network to lend a helping hand.
3). For people from the philanthropic community, and those from the business world (esp. those who are part of the UN Global Compact) who believe in the possibility of meeting the SDGs through cross-sector collaborations, one way you could help is by chipping in, or rallying your network to help us raise a fraction of the needed funding. Every little support that we could raise will make a strategic incremental beginning.
4). In March 2021, the UCF became part of the Benevity Causes Portal. If you work for a company that is part of Benevity’s employee workplace giving & corporate matching gift programs, you can help us raise support for this plant by having your contribution matched by your employer. Search ‘Uganda Community Farm (Nabwigulu)’ on Benevity.
5). If you possess any hands-on skills that you could offer on a volunteering basis (e.g. as an industrial designer; food technologist, mechanical engineer etc), come work with us here in Uganda, to develop this plant, once the coronavirus has relented.
6). We will also need the help of some MBA student volunteers, or just anyone out there, to orientate us on key areas of work, like business management and staffing needs, or even new technologies for monitoring our farmers’ fields in real time.
7). If you are someone who has no hands-on skills to offer (i.e. if you are an unskilled volunteer who would like to be part of us in developing this plant), there is a lot that you can do, from carrying materials from suppliers, to keeping records. Come join in.
THE TECHNICAL PART OF IT:
Technical help on installing the whole plant; building market linkages, and advice on specific crop systems will come from TechoServe, SolarLabSU.com, Partners in Food Solutions, AfrII, Natural Resources Institute UK & specialized entities like Alvan Blanch.
To learn about where this plant shall be physically installed, or what its ownership will be, please hover over “Action Plan” on this website, and then go to “Plant Ownership”.
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Help us put a sizable bet on 2030, today. Help us make 2030 the year poverty must end. Any help that you can extend to us towards this goal shall be much appreciated.
Anthony < anthony AT ugandafarm.org >