Uganda the Beacon of Food Security and Nutrition in the World.
We envision the creation of farmers unions heavily backed by technology, academia,government and financial institutions.
Lead Applicant Organization Name
Afrigreen Sustain Uganda
Lead Applicant Organization Type
Small NGO (under 50 employees)
Website of Legally Registered Entity
How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?
Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?
Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?
Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?
What country is your selected Place located in?
Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.
Our families migrated to the capital during the Lord's Resistance Army insurgency that lasted over twenty years sending most people to crowded Internally Displaced Peoples camps where they had to survive on foreign foods rationed by world food programme. Our cultures, foods and traditions were all lost during the war and two decades later children that were not yet born the time the war started had become 20 year olds. With no traditions ,cultures or skill sets, we were thrown back into a ravaged world where families had to fend for themselves unlike in the camps. As adults, those of us who happened to be in the capital and had received better education returned home trying to rebuild. Businesses quickly developed because of the the large numbers of Non Governmental Organisations, jobs and aid from the government of Uganda as the population grew steadily. The Non Governmental Organisations closed shop later on and those that had jobs and lost them had to return to the villages and start farming. Unemployed, with no experience and having large families to feed, most families scrambled for the ancestral land and started subsistence farming. Now the weather is unstable, large pieces of land are owned by single families yet underutilized, farmers have low crop yields,pest and diseases are destroying entire plantations, food is expensive, land is expensive, incomes are low and so the only option is high calorie diets with little nutrition because its cheaper.
Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.
Gulu has a majority Acholi tribe, Alur and langi with a few baganda and other tribes that moved in because of the business opportunities.We are mainly millenials working blue collar jobs and living in small rental rooms and houses within the city. A few families leave in the villages and practice subsistence farming. the city is developing fast with favorite foods being boo, malakwang and pasted meat served with kal or mingled millet flour. We also eat cassava, sweet potatoes, beans, fish and foods from central Uganda like Plantain and irish potatoes.Boo and Malakwang are both greens pre boiled and then pasted with a mixture of sim sim and Groundnut paste locally known as Odii. Gulu is generally flat with a dry and wet season which is no longer stable. We work hard during day and socialize during the evening yet rely on fast foods because they they are cheap and save time. Gulu is dominated by christians and we have a paramount traditional chief residing within the city.
Gulu on the map of Uganda
Housing in the villages
Millennials performing traditional dances
Gulu main Market in the centre of the city
Flat Arable land in villages
Gulu while still a town
Gulu climate chart
Malakwang a favorite dish
Millet that has been mingled served with boo ,malakwang or pasted meat
What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?
Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.
The 20 year war deprived many of the adults in Gulu the chance of education combined with a hunter gatherer culture led to very little adoption of agriculture post war and those that did opted for subsistence farming with very low yields,no automation and unstable weather characterised by early or late dry seasons. Many that moved to the city became unemployed or now earn meager salaries with which they can only afford high calorie low nutrient foods like cassava and fast foods because of a busy lifestyle. Land wrangles have also become rampant as after the war those with wealthy relatives took up large portions yet they remain underutilised. There are also very few incentives by the government to encourage people to practice agriculture and the price of land is skyrocketing. No research and development in agriculture is actively pursued.
Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.
Organising farmers unions that are heavily backed by academia, technology, government and financial institutions will enable the commercialisation of agriculture leading to increased incomes,education, use of technology , research and development plus the ability to lobby for policies that are favourable to the growth of agriculture like tax exemptions , low interest rates on loans and creation of agricultural zones. Agro processing industries will also increase due to large amounts of raw material at a favourable price.
High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.
The impact of commercialized agriculture will be creation of jobs which means higher incomes, better diets and nutrition, a better economy with increased research and development, fully automated agriculture and application of technology, better health care and education, nutrition consciousness surplus food production and a rapid development of the food industry.
Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?
Major key players in this vision would be , the technology industry, academia, the government and financial institutions where highly organised groups of farmers will adopt advanced technologies like artificial lights for photosynthesis, vertical farms to maximise space, hydroponics to minimize land use, research and put them to use in commercial agriculture which is heavily incentivized by the government in form of tax exemptions creation of agricultural zones to tackle the land issue from which electric cargo trains move products to the cities plus capital made accessible because of low interest rates from financial institutions. Many will be employed and will become middle income earners with a wide variety of food sources and choices from local supply chains.Nutrition will be a major concern as foods will be regulated to make sure food offers the right nutrients as levels of education also increase.All these working in unison will make Uganda a beacon of food security and nutrition.
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