Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Project

The demand for organic fruits and vegetables is expected to rise due to the increasing worldwide awareness of healthy diets and environmental issues. At the same time, growing High Value Crops has proved to be a good strategy in lifting small scale Uganda farmers out of poverty. Considering that at least 70% of the world’s poverty live in rural areas, attention to this is a necessity.

Uganda has the perfect climate and landscape to supply this demand of organic fruits and vegetables. It benefits from a bimodal rainfall pattern, has several water bodies and rivers and a high quantity of arable land. Uganda is located on the equator, which means they can produce all year round. Despite the potential and the government interest, the farming sector in Uganda is underdeveloped and in need of heavy reforms.

The last years, Ssamba Foundation has been carrying out several projects to organize the farmers across Kyampisi Subcounty in Mukono district. A total of 164 farmers are now organized in groups. You can make a positive impact and lasting difference– donate now online to support this program/project! Thank you

The Uganda farmers in these groups, grow vegetables, passion fruits and basic grains. The farmers live in their small gardens in the rural villages of Kyampisi. There are rural paths that are not accessible during the rainy season.

CHALLENGES

High incidences of pests which affects the productivity.

There is a need to improve the quality of the produce. A shortage of skilled agronomists makes it difficult for farmers to get the marketable produce.

Issue of fake/low quality agricultural inputs, like fake seeds, low quality fertilizers, find their way to the market. It is a challenge for farmers to determine good quality inputs from counterfeits.

With limited or nonexistent irrigation, most crops depend exclusively on rain. Climate change is making this traditional farming method much less reliable. A better, more efficient water supply can guarantee higher yields and more stable production.

High transaction costs due to the poor road conditions, which make transport extremely difficult during the rainy season.

Difficulty to access credit by farmers due to the lack of local credit unions, as well as difficulties for creditors to assess credit risks of individual farmers.

Weak farmers’ organizations lead to an inefficient market chain where the producers cannot sell collectively and need middle men.

The farmers do not have enough market knowledge to be an active partner in the negotiations.

The Ugandan export sector is poorly funded, consisting of small and undercapitalized exporting companies that cannot support the farmers. Strengthening them will improve the trade.

Due to the lack of opportunities, young people leave the rural areas, endangering the future of the trade.

OUR STRATEGIES

To deal with pests, we will link the farmers with Research Institutes to establish sustainable disease-free nurseries within the farming communities.

To improve quality, we will work together with the ministry of agriculture by establishing a **Quality Management System **and through training in Good Agricultural Practices.

We will promote the creation of Village Savings and Loans Associations. This will enable the farmers to access credit and install irrigation systems.

We will give training on market systems and collective sales to the farmers.

We will train the farmers on management **and how to create **business plans to access governmental funding.

We will encourage the farmers’ associations to open participation spaces for young people so they can feel more involved in the trade.

To improve the road infrastructure, we will support the farmers’ lobbying activities towards the local government.

To strengthen the trade, we will facilitate partnerships between exporters and the producers’ organizations.

We will create multi stakeholder meetings where we will share our best practices and experiences. This can encourage companies to establish sourcing policies that are inclusive towards smallholder farmers.

VOLUNTEERING & SUPPORTING THE PROGRAM

You can support this project by donating funds or joining our volunteering with the program. The Ssamba foundation invites volunteers to help with the project implementation. The help is needed with planting, creating gardens and promotional activities to the locals. Volunteers work 5-6 hours a day for at least one month. Volunteers are recommended to have basic English-speaking skills and be ready for an intensive physical work.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS 

  • You must be 18yrs and above 
  • You must speak some English (you don’t need to be fluent) 
  • We recommend travel/life personal insurance 
  • You must commit at least 2 weeks’ minimum
  • • You must be Sociable, Energetic, Positive & Fun!
  • (Participants below 18, need a letter of consent from their guardian or parent to support their participation). Learn more about Who can Apply?

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ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

All volunteers based in Mukono (up to 7 at one time) will live together in a warmly family-home. Delicious 3 meals are provided each day, which consists of local foods, such as matooke (mashed plantain), posho (cornmeal), potatoes and rice or noodles. They are generally served with beef, fish, peas, beans or groundnut sauce. Bread, eggs, vegetables and fruits are available for breakfast, vegetarians are also accommodated.

farm work volunteer trip Uganda

Volunteers staying at Kyampisi Backpackers Home are assigned a bed based on capacity, arrival time and length of stay. All beds have good mosquito nets and you don’t need to bring your own sheets etc. Part of the income from this facility is used to support the projects of Ssamba Foundation and other humanitarian projects.

farm work volunteer trip Uganda

Accommodation at this home is in private, twin and dorm rooms, accommodating up to 7 people when full. There are between 1-3 beds per room depending on the size of the room. The emphasis at the home is placed on a relaxed friendly family like atmosphere.

Note: Couples can request their own room if they give us a “Volunteers advance notice”.

farm work volunteer trip Uganda

THE COSTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS

There are costs involved in hosting volunteers and we request our volunteers to cover up their living costs, this helps our organization to concentrate its resources on empowering vulnerable communities.  Volunteering in Uganda with Ssamba Foundation is affordable, as it should be! At Ssamba Foundation, we appreciate and allow you to use your compassion to help make the world a better! 

Many organizations see volunteers as a potential cash cow and are guilty of charging extreme rates. Ssamba Foundation makes every effort to keep your costs to a minimum, as it is your talent and time that are most valuable to us and the communities we serve.  Whether you are interested in volunteering short-term or long-term, we will discuss arrangements with you concerning finances.  Before applying please learn more about the costs involved!

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