SUSTAINABLE FAMILY FARMING DEVELOPMENT
Young Child and Adolescent health
Sustainable Family Farming Development in the Rwenzori region is a five year (2017-2021) program targeting 40,250 small holder farmers to increase household income and influence wider agricultural sector transformation through collective action of the farmers in the selected sub-counties of Kasese, Kabarole-Bunyangabu, Kamwenge, Bundibugyo, Kyenjojo and Kyegegwa districts. The program is currently implemented by an alliance of 5 local development Organisations from the Rwenzori Region: Community Sustainable Initiative Link (COSIL), Joint Effort to Save the Environment (JESE), Kiima Foods, Kabarole Research and Resource Center (KRC) and Semuliki Cooperative Union (SEMCU) with funding from Broederlijk Delen (BD). KRC operates in the sub-counties of Kicwamba, Harugongo, Karangura, Kasenda and Ruteete in Kabarole District, Kateebwa, Kabonero, Kyamukube TC and Rwimi in Bunyangabu District and Maliba, Bwesumbu, Kyabarungira, Buhuhira, Mahango, Bugoye, Kitswamba and Central division in Kasese District.
Objectives and expected outcomes
The main objective of the program is to increase household income for 47,380 small holder farmers with a greater sense of engagement with structures of governance for overall improvements in the agricultural sector. The program’s objective is borne from a sense that it is important to prioritize the everyday matters of the farmers while keeping the big picture in view.
The program has five specific objectives and these are:
- 1. To enhance the resilience and productivity of family farms in the selected areas of the Rwenzori region.
- 2. To improve food management and nutritional practices of the farmers for healthy and productive farmer households.
- 3. To increase the viability of farmer owned collective agri business initiatives and farmers’ ability to pursue the greater good for broad based improvements in the agricultural system.
- 4. To increase gainful involvement of the youth in agriculture.
- 5. To increase equitable access and control over production resources between men and women.
Promoting resilient family farming through agro-ecology
The Sustainable Family farming development programme promotes resilient family farming through agro-ecology to achieve sustainable health diets and incomes for all family farmers to live dignified lives while enhancing environmental sustainability.
This is done through implementation of;
(i) agro-ecological practices that promote agro diversity on family farms
(ii) post-harvest management, value addition and collective marketing systems
(iii) promotion of indigenous foods production, consumption for nutrition
(iv) promoting youth agro-innovators
(V) promoting gender in agro value chains, environment and energy.
As an institution, KRC has established a nutrition clinic that provides nutrition services with a major focus on management of over nutrition. The activities at the clinic range from Nutrition assessment, Diagnosis, counselling and diet therapy for the individuals with Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, diabetes, cancers, COVID 19, renal illness, etc.
The clinic also makes referrals to other health facilities with the required services as well as conduct research on food and nutrition related issues. The nutrition component of the project entails community sensitization on health and nutrition through radio and TV programs, food and cooking demonstrations, food security, capacity building of the community health structures on nutrition, kitchen gardening as well as improving nutrition coordination through system strengthening of the District Nutrition ordination Committee.