Women’s Groups in Luweero Receive Training on Improved Farming

Since March 2015, NAWOU in partnership with Forum for Women in Development (FOKUS) has been implementing a project in Luweero “Economic Justice for Women” which works with 2 groups from each of the 13 sub counties in the District, making a total of 26 groups. The groups must be women founded or women-based with a fair representation of youth. Indirectly targets at least 30% of Luwero’s 450,000 people (50.3% of which are female). The project’s focus is improved organic agriculture, value addition and marketing while strengthening the capacity of the women’s organisations in internal governance of their organisations and ability to influence policies that impact on their lives.

The initial training was on improved farming. Up to 5 persons were drawn from each of the selected groups to attend the training. The trained persons would act as trainers / mentors to the rest of the members of the groups to which they belong. Considering that each of the groups has about 30 persons, the immediate indirect beneficiaries were thus estimated at 780 persons (90% being women).

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Mr. Yahaya Wafana of Kangulumira Area Coop Enterprise demonstrates slicing of pineapples to the learners

The training covered such topics as profiling of the groups; farming as a business; good farming practices like matooke and poultry husbandry; and value addition (specifically to pineapples)and environmental conservation. Under matooke husbandry, participants were shown a very practical experience with good organic farming practices which maximize yield in a manner that is not harmful to the environment.

Women attend on the farm training on good matooke farming

Farmers from Butuntumula, Kalagala, Kikyusa, Kamira, Nyimbwa and Makulubita subcounties taking notes on good matoke growing practices at a farm in Zirobwe subcounty.

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Dr. John Jagwe of Farmgain Africa Ltd delivering the “Farming as a business” module to Cluster 3 participants in Wobulenzi Town Community Hall on 11-Sept-2015

 Those who had interest in poultry were taken to Jinja District to visit a 23 year old lady, Ann Namukasa, who recently graduated with a law degree. Ann loves farming, rears poultry in addition to other agricultural ventures, and owns a hatchery with a capacity to handle 12,000 eggs at ago.

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Women attend on the farm training on good matooke farming

By the end of the training, the participants were full of joy. They appreciated the knowledge they had gained and vowed to put it to good use. Some of the soundbites are shared thus:

“I used to understand the rules of chicken feed differently but now I can feed the chicken with a given quantity of feeds at once,” one Teddy Nakaye said. On her part, Margaret Sekabembe said “When you want to do something, you can simply start small. Do not wait for big capital.” Overall, they all appreciated NAWOU for loving the women of Luwero and for investing funds into teaching them how farm better.

In future, NAWOU plans to expose participants to more value addition initiatives and then introduced to energy enhancing technologies. In addition, there will be a review to ascertain the level of knowledge so far acquired so as to inform further action.

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Farmers from Butuntumula, Kalagala, Kikyusa, Kamira, Nyimbwa and Makulubita subcounties taking notes on good matoke growing practices at a farm in Zirobwe subcounty

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