CC is adapting to equip smallholder farmers with the necessary resources to maintain food security during the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda.
We know that vulnerable communities will suffer the most during this time-- particularly smallholder farmers who face food insecurity already. This is why at Cycle Connect we are responding fast to ensure our farmers are able to be resilient and food secure during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team surveyed 1,700 smallholder farmers and heard that many are already eating their seeds due to the current lack of transport and market closures. More than half of the farmers we spoke to requested a financing and distribution solution to help them gain access to seeds and tilling services.
Through our work to connect farmers with productive-assets and training in the last mile, we have been working to ensure food security in the communities we operate for over the last six years. These are special times and we know it requires more than business as usual to ensure food security during a global pandemic. This is why we are creating a whole new loan that is designed to meet the demand we are hearing at this time: seeds offered on financing and delivery with a coupled tilling service to help farmers plant as fast and as efficiently as possible.
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Focusing on preventing hunger for Ugandan farmers
Government restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus are simultaneously threatening the already tenuous food security in Northern Uganda. We surveyed 1,700 rural households and heard that many are already eating their seeds due to the current lack of transport and market closures. >50% clients requested a financing and distribution solution to help them gain access to seeds and tilling services.
These are farmers like Acio Harriet: Her family began eating their stocked seeds, previously saved for the planting season starting urgently soon. With their seed stock now depleted, Harriet is in need of new seeds in order to prevent hunger. She is not alone–our team heard similar stories from hundreds of families we are reaching through our call center– more than half reported this. Rural communities are eating their seeds in an attempt to put food on the table today but jeopardizing their food security for the coming months.