Agroforestry Practices and Economic Empowerment
Promoting agroforestry for sustainable land use and economic empowerment
Agro-forestry for sustainable land use and economic empowerment targets farmers through community groups, allowing them to plant native’s trees, fruit tree species and various crops that are sold through a community grocery market established in town. The innovation also has a 25-acres model farm to train local farmers in agro-forestry techniques, land use planning and other modern practices of farming which can be applied on their own land. The goal of this initiative is to sustainably improve smallholder agricultural practices through improved productivity and market development, resulting in marketable surpluses that raise farm incomes in the region, and increase communities’ food security for the wider northern Uganda areas as well as safer practices of natural resource management. The initiative developed this innovation because, majority of farm households in our communities lack the means or incentive to invest in their farms, skills in commercialized production technologies and links to output markets to sell surplus production.
The surplus from the farmers’ aggregate production including the products from the initiative’s farm is sold through that grocery store in town. This grocery also acts as a linkage between these farmers and the different buyers within and outside the district, as well as serving the factory demands.
Tree Talk Uganda trains local farmers in forest management including agroforestry practices.
World Vision Uganda is the main buyer of tree seedlings for its beneﬁciaries.
The National Forestry Authority (NFA) offers technical assistance in raising seedlings, planting and thinning.
Gulu University Faculty of Agriculture and Environment supplies the enterprise with equipment and workforce – many students do internships at the enterprise.
The 2013 SEED Awards in Ethiopia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda are supported by the European Union, which is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies.