Moses, Mary, Sylivia, Fred, James, Noweline, Gabriel, Ruth, Paul, Grace – these are just some of the inspiring young people in Uganda, who have learned organic food-growing skills at school – and then applied them at home!

The impact has been some pocket money for themselves – and more and better food for their families!

We want to work with these young people, who are enthusiastic and have had some success at farming, to provide ways for them to learn more and develop new and better skills.

These young people and their classmates have had some training in organic food growing at school, as part of the Food For Thought School Linking Programme, run by Devon Development Education with Kulika Charitable Trust, Uganda. This scheme links primary schools in UK with remote, rural primary schools in Uganda, with a focus on FOOD – growing, harvesting, cooking, eating and recycling. The children in Ugandan schools receive training from a local expert, trained by Kulika as a ‘Key Farmer Trainer’.

The link also provides a ‘window on the world’ for children in both countries and opportunities for teachers to pay exchange visits (funded through DFID schemes).

Over the past 12 years, Food For Thought has linked 35 pairs of schools (about 24 are still active today) and interacted with about 20,000 primary school children and their teachers.

Did you know?

  • Uganda is about the same size as the UK
  • It has a population of 35 million (UK has 56m??)
  • 80% of the population are small scale farmers.
  • Primary education is free (after Uganda received some debt cancellation in 1997. Hurrah!)
  • But books and pens have to be provided by the child’s family, plus a school uniform, and lunch.
  • But, conditions in rural primary schools are usually poor, so up to 50% of primary school pupils in Mubende District drop out of education before they finish primary school. (District Education Officer, 2008??)
  • Only about 30% of pupils who complete primary education go on to secondary school

 

We want to set up a Young Farmers’ Network, for the older pupils, who may have grown too old for primary school or simply dropped out. This will be a 12 month pilot. The network will bring together a group of 20 ‘Young Farmers’ in Mubende District and 20 in Tororo District (aiming for 50% girls and boys), meeting at least one day each month.

We expect a farm belonging to a FFT Young Farmer to be aiming to have:

  1. In the home
    • A fuel-saving stove
    • A water tank or water jar, with guttering to feed it.
    • A proper latrine
    • A proper bathing area.
  2. In the garden:
    • Soil conservation measures
    • Water conservation measures
    • Contour ditches in place or planned
    • Tree planting for wood lot
    • Tree planting for shade
    • Fruit tree planting
    • Good food crops for home consumption
    • Some cash crops growing
  3. In the farm business:
    • Using book keeping methods, ie recording earnings and costs (Income and expenditure)
    • An understanding of how to choose which crops to grow and why (market supply and demand)
    • An understanding of marketing, ie how to sell the produce or cash crops.

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