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No Peace in poverty:taking the initiatives to support Socio-Economic recovery in post war extreme poverty situations in N. Uganda

We provide training in agribusiness/entrepreneurship/social enterprises and more to community living in extreme poverty in post war N.Uganda

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The civil strife in Northern Uganda of over the last 20 years, that sent over five million people into the Internally Displaced Peoples’ Camps, coupled with climate change - drought has brought more than double the rate of poverty in all the families of the people who had just return from the Internally Displaced People's camps resulting into the state of extreme poverty due to loss of livelihoods, properties, relatives, and more including food insecurity and diseases. By proving some training in agribusiness/ entrepreneurship/ business and more would help reduce the situation by over 60% and provide a pathway out of poverty. In our intervention, we see that there is need to improve the capacity at every level, such as improve the level of training farmers in better farming practices, in the areas, like making organic compost, soil testing, use of fertilizers, seed selection, timing planting, weed and disease control and more. The training in entrepreneurship would provide chances for self employment for all the beneficiaries who lack the capacity to join formal employment elsewhere due to lack of knowledge and skills or requirements to compete in the labour market. The aim of this intervention is to examine the training and information needed to support efficient and improved rural economic activities including agricultural productivity and growth for the poor households in northern Uganda, recovering from the effect of the 20 year war. In addition, the intervention also considers technical and information gaps and how knowledge might best be shared to benefit and reduce human suffering after the prolonged conflicts in this region.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

All communities in Lango and Acholi sub regions, especially Districts like Otuke, Alebtong, Agago and more, whose areas have been badly ravaged by the war, would be covered first by the intervention. They would receive training in better farming practices, social enterprises, entrepreneurship and more, that would provide them with better knowledge and skills to improve productivity, increase incomes and widened markets, besides, providing employment and transformation of the rural poor communities recovering from the war.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

“Wars and poverty share the same envelop” they are twins, as we put it. From our own experience, as soon as war begins, the aftermath will automatically be poverty. For Peace in not only the silence of the guns but people affected by the insecurity remain in total poverty, especially in developing countries, worst of all, is seen in a prolonged conflicts, resulting in mass displacement, a case in northern Uganda. We used to have several NGOS, during the time of insurgency, but as soon as the war ended, all left. So the people returned home in absolute poverty, mean while, most organizations that followed concentrated on training the communities on peace building, without taking into account the socio-economic status of the people after the war or returnees. Rural Women and Youth coordination knows from our experience of working for community, that people living in poverty are vulnerable, to renewed insecurity, and threat to the environment, they cut down trees,encroach wetlands

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Pilot: I have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

RWYC is a registered NGO, has provided training to over 200 household farmers and entrepreneurs in both Lango and Acholi sub regions within the last two years. After our training we provide the trainees with better seeds and farmers’ field schools, to ensure success. Please see the photos attached.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

Poverty on the rise in northern Uganda - report - Daily ... Despite government interventions in northern Uganda, a new report has shown that the number of poor living below the poverty line is on the rise. The Uganda Human Development report released in Kampala yesterday indicates that the number of poor people in region has increased from 4.7 million in 2005/06 to 5.1 million in 2012/13. Intervention to reduce by 60%

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Since peace is not only the silence of the guns, it is also influenced by post war effects, especially poverty, as the victims’ minds keep on lingering on their former glories. Whenever they are being stricken by poverty they are reminded of their lost properties/ wealth and more. Prosperity is impacted by insecurity that disrupt production by displacing the people. This intervention is vital because, three-quarters of the world’s poorest billion people live in rural areas, and the vast majority depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Before the war displaced the people in this area, they were using their land for all their livelihoods, hence by encouraging the growth of the agricultural sector is therefore one of the most effective ways of tackling post war extreme poverty. In addition, smallholder farmers, fisherfolk and livestock keepers and more, produce 50–80 per cent of the staple foods consumed in developing countries, yet many are inadequately served by research,advisory

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

We work with household farmers/small-scale farmers, by training them on the various skills and knowledge on better farming practices. After the training we provide them with good seeds to boost their productivity, increase income and widened markets. We have started with a few people who are making very promising steady progress. Please see photos. In addition, we would involve extension workers. We are aware that efficient, effective, demand-driven extension services are key to improving the productivity and incomes of the world’s smallholder farmers.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

We would like to make the best use of the available resources, especially land since over 90% of the rural poor people that we are working with, own land under customary land ownership, although they are poor or living in poverty, they practice subsistence agriculture, that provides them with little food yearly, so they only lack the knowledge and skills to improve productivity, use good quality seeds, use fertilizers, make compost among others and raise more income. Our intervention is to scale

Geographic Focus

Africa, Uganda, Northern- rural districts

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

36 months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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Hi, your project is very innovative and is timely as the most affected communities in either war or climate change or the small and marginal farmers. Hence, addressing the same with them is a requirement, as the poor and marginal farmers are the most affected and have the least resources to mitigate the same. Would be of interest to follow your project in its development.

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Hi Sai,
Thank you very much for the wise observations.
We totally agree with you and it is very certain that we could not have attempted to impose a new idea on the poor community in a way of intervening in the urgent and needy situations. As these would require them to learn all over again, how it would work out, how they would benefit and sustain, including what they would benefit from the new idea. Which would be somewhat not only a longer way of supporting the already critical condition, but also more expensive than this, which is rather a straight forward support, lost cost for existing ideas, that need only improvements here and there, starting from for example, the techniques of improving yields such as, adding farm inputs, grading, storage techniques, increasing incomes by widening markets through market contacts, contract farming, protecting and maintain good environment by save and grow approaches and more.
We have some experience of these from a few farmers who are making very remarkable progress. By scaling this approach would enable us to achieve sustainable rural development and reduce poverty, human suffering and conserve the environment as well.
In addition, training in better farming practices is a participatory approach to agricultural development, building on local knowledge and innovation, stimulates creativity, enhances productivity and strengthens the role of farmers in policy-making process.
We shall be collaborating throughout the project implementation, should we happen to be selected for funding, through sharing every success stories from the beneficiaries, after every season, which is about twice a year, since we have two seasons in year in almost ¾ of this region.
So feel free then to ask questions, make comments, and give your advice as you would feel like to.
Let’s make the best use of sharing knowledge, collaborating on OpenIDEO platform to improve livelihoods.
Looking forward to collaborating more.
Thank you for your time.
Godfrey Obua

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