The Sustainable Mushroom Farming Initiative
The enterprise is focused on providing fresh produce that is available wholesale, and on demand, to consumers. The enterprise is turning a small-scale community garden initiative at CIBC into a sustainable business venture. It is providing at least five direct jobs, a market for five independent mushroom farming collectives and filling a market gap for fresh, local produce.
Creating an alternative farming location to BINP means the park can be conserved, lessening the threat to gorilla habitats. Initiating employment opportunities for Batwa people is also helping reduce poaching from the park by engaging locals in an income-generating activity.
Community Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation (CIBC) hosts the Sustainable Mushroom Farming Initiative and was one of three partners to found the enterprise.
The Uganda Wild Life Authority manages the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) and helps market the enterprise and promotes agro-tourism in the region.
Batwa Development Programme (BDP) provides technical knowledge and insight into indigenous farming practices and engages a team of Batwa for planning and development of the enterprise.
The 2014 SEED Awards in Ethiopia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda are largely 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.