Access to current and relevant information in today’s competitive world is imperative for individual, as well as community growth and development. Today, in rural Uganda, small scale farmers do not have easy access to information that could drastically change their lives.
Since June 2008, ICOD Action Network has partnered with Agricultural Co-ops of smallholder farmers in Uganda. We have also partnered with farmers groups in an information-sharing program that provides instruction in Information Technology to elected “information agents” from each group. The agents use their training to retrieve relevant information (focused on, but not limited, to agriculture - such as market access and prices, disease and pest control methods, weather patterns, etc) from our solar powered internet facility to be posted in their respective villages for their communities to access at large. Information Agents search for information requested by their communities, repackage in their local languages and post in their communities. Our team also repackages information about weather patterns, crop health, farming techniques et.c. into illustrative videos that we use in our farm based training sessions. weather, the health of their crops, farming techniques, market prices
We have been training farmers in Information Technology and permaculture so that they can design their own environments and build increasingly self-sufficient food production systems and regenerate the ecosystems that provide for their communities.
Some of the farmers receive training at our center
Supported by hundreds of individual donors worldwide, Canady Foundation, Project Focus, Lush Manufacturing Ltd Vancouver our Information and Permaculture projects have benefited over 80,000 farmers since 2008. In 2015 alone, funding from Vancouver based Lush Manufacturing supported permaculture training of 7621 farmers in 2015 alone. 621 bunches of bananas, 270 avocado fruits were produced, 319 kilograms of Pineapples, 78 kilograms Passion fruits and 1.5 tonnes of Oranges have so far been produced.
Because of several production and market hindrances, tonnes of farm produce goes to waste on farms, in storage, in transportation and in homes. This leaves small-scale farmers who produce millions of tonnes of food struggling to feed their families. Our proposed project will not only connect farmers with other farmers, link farmers to markets, improve farmers innovations but also build capacity of farmers to produce food in an ecological manner and utilize their produce and farm organic matter to benefit their families and communities.
We have a fully functional solar-powered internet facility for training, equipment, training manuals, full-time staff and volunteers to fully implement the proposed project. All we need is a little push; so that we an train 150,000 farmers every year over the next three years and train thousands more over the next 10 years.
Organic manure making Demonstration: Out Information Technology project combines information sharing among small scale farmers and training in areas that farmers need and believe can change their lives