Promoting communal stores among smallholder farmers for collective bulking and improved quality produce.
Communal stores enables farmers to ensure that food produced is safely stored to retain its nutritional value and market competitiveness.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
The proposed idea focuses on constructing communal storage facilities (stores) for farmers at a sub county level. The proposed stores shall be constructed near and around farmers fields being decided upon by the beneficiaries for easy ferrying and transportation of their produce. As a sustainability measure, each farmers shall contribute 1% on their total produce bulked to cater for store running costs such as paying for the Store Care taker, facilitate repairs and renovations and ensure total security of the store. The idea of communal stores will be implemented at a cost sharing basis through which VEDCO shall provide 50% and 50% from farmers as primary beneficiaries.
The proposed idea of communal bulking is aimed at addressing the challenge of post harvest losses largely faced by farmers after crop harvest where crops are normally attacked by pests, fungal attack, rotting and general loss of quality due to poor storage facilities within farmers residential houses. The idea will further reduce on cases of of price exploitation and food insecurity where farmers sell off all their produce within the first two months of harvest to avoid food loss due to pests attacks or rotting.
Over all, the idea will help to ensure household food security all year round, preservation of nutritional household quality food, Price control and regulation, optimization of farmers financial empowerment and provide opportunity to tap into both regional and international markets
The proposed idea targets smallholder farmers particularly women and youth who form majority of the targeted farmer groups in northern region Lira district. Women are expected to benefit through increased household income as a result of reduced cases of food loss, reduced cases of malnutrition due to availability of nutritious food all year round, reduced cases of domestic violence since poverty is one of the main causes of violence against women in homes.
WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?
The proposed idea shall be implemented in Lira district located in northern part of Uganda. Uganda is one of the eligible countries.
ARE YOU IMPLEMENTING IN AN ELIGIBLE COUNTRY?
EXPERTISE IN SECTOR
I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year
EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)
Yes, for more than one year.
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU!
Volunteer Efforts for Development Concern (VEDCO) is a national NGO formed in 1986 working with small and medium farmers in Uganda to improve their livelihoods. VEDCO’ mission is “To empower small /medium holders farmers for food security, agricultural trade and institutional development
Post-harvest losses in Uganda especially for legumes are estimated between 5 to 15% (National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO) 2005). Harvest losses and mechanical damage tend to shot high especially when crops are harvested below 12% moisture content. The highest post-harvest crop loss was estimated in 2003 at a volume of 9350metric tons and 28,050 metric tons at 5% and 15% respectively. In Uganda, most food loss takes place after crop harvest, between the field and the market due to inadequate storage space in farmer's residential houses or in small mud and wattle traditional granaries, where produce is susceptible to contamination and exposure to water leading to pests and fungal attack, rotting and general loss of quality due to poor storage.It has been suggested that post-harvest losses due to quality reduction of the produce is greater than that caused by physical loss