Summaries of HUNGER PROJECTS in Africa
Partners: LWR and Voluntary Action for Development (VAD)
In Wakiso County, Uganda 90 percent of the estimated half a million population depend on agriculture for food and income. Women contribute to 75 percent of the agricultural labor meeting largely the subsistence needs of their households. Agricultural yields are alarmingly low, attributed to poor agricultural practices –like overcultivation of small land holdings for generation-arising from lack of knowledge and skills in soil fertility management and sustainable farming. Population pressure on land has also led to rapid, widespread deforestation resulting in soil erosion and land degradation. Government extension services cannot meet the needs of farmers at the grassroot level in training and dissemination of new appropriate farming technologies.
GOAL: To equip farmers with skills in sustainable farming and livestock production and seek to increase agricultural yields and revenues. VAD will also promote proper use and management of natural resources-like agro-forestry for soil and water conservation and the use of energy-saving cooking stoves to reduce encroachment on trees. LWR’s accompaniment strategy will focus on developing resource mobilization skills among the staff of VAD and creating networking opportunities with other agricultural institutions in neighboring Kenya and Tanzania.
OBJECTIVES: LWR’s partner, VAD will directly help an estimated 4,700 people with over 2,500 women and girls in 7 districts. VAD will:
Approved Project Support: $107,052 through 2005.