To fulfill our vision, our programs are always tailored to each unique community and its high-priority basic needs. It’s about doing simple things for struggling communities such as providing food and clean drinking water, as well as an opportunity to earn a living. This is what we call recovery projects and sustainability, a starting point for a brighter future, but one that starts with YOU!
Food security is our #1 priority: a person’s ability to provide food for themselves and their families on a regular basis. Households that are food-secure have enough nutritious food for every member to live a healthy and active life.
Over 80% of families in Uganda rely on subsistence agriculture. Low agricultural productivity, degradation of natural resources, weeds, limited access to modern agricultural techniques & technologies are all factors that may reduce families’ household income. It is difficult for families to raise enough food for survival on this land, let alone additional food to create a sustainable income. Children suffer the effects of this poverty as food insecurity leads to deficient diets and malnutrition.
There are several different favourable climates in Uganda with fertile soil, and so a wide variety of crops can be grown; our farmers grow foods that are nutritious with higher protein content. These crops usually do not require much care, and fruit trees that supply food/fruits protect the environment at the same time.
Food crops grown
Sweet potatoes, cassava, corn/maize, yams, plantain, sweet bananas, millet, and sorghum.
Beans, peanuts, onions, tomatoes, cabbage, eggplant, soybeans, sunflower, green pepper, and eggplant.
In general, when farmers harvest beans, corn, or peanuts, they are expected to store one bag or to bring it to the central store. Here, the bags are marked with the farmer’s name and number, enabling us to return this bag to the farmer at the start of the next planting season. Our oversight team ensures each farmer’s ability to farm again next season. Farmers are also expected to return the first female offspring from their pig/goat, enabling CACI to extend the program to other members.
We have developed this system in response to farmers tending to eat one part of their harvest and selling the remainder, leaving no seeds for planting. Thanks to CACI small business training workshops, some men and women have now invested their incomes into small businesses that will continue to earn for them throughout the year.
Each member participates in our co-op program for about three years, after which he or she will have become a self-sustaining farmer and/or business owner. On average, a typical graduate household from our co-op program will earn at least $250 to $400 per year, which is more than ten times the income they might have earned before enrolling.