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Addressing household poverty among vulnerable married youth through horticulture.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

JOYODI seeks to address household poverty and unemployment among vulnerable married youth by engaging them in gainful work through production of high quality crops like watermelon, eggplants and tomatoes, among others. These are crops that recent studies has proved to be quick maturing with high demand and value, yet their production is always very low. JOYODI will devise a selection criteria to enable proper selection of beneficiaries. The beneficiaries will be organized into small farmer groups of 15 members, and each group will operate a farm of at least 50 x 100 meters. 4 groups will be formed with 60 beneficiaries in total. The farms will be located in different locations along the Nile river to facilitate irrigation. JOYODI will provide trainings, farm inputs and mentorship for the groups to develop into self-sustaining farming enterprises. The existing hotels, safari lodges and community offer a ready market for this initiative. JOYODI will also provide means of transport using tri-cycles, preservation means (cold room) and value addition technologies (tomato sauce making) to avoid post-harvest losses and maximize profits for the groups. Marketing will be done both locally and in the neighboring districts of Arua and Nwoya where potential customers exist. This project will reduce the extreme poverty currently suffered by married unemployed youth, improve nutrition in their homes and reduce over fishing currently dominated by youth.

WHO BENEFITS?

JOYODI will target energetic but vulnerable, married rural youth with no formal skills for employment. Through their different farmer groups, these youth will be engaged in producing high quality horticultural crops such as tomatoes, water melons and green vegetables for the market. The income from the farms will be apportioned for three purposes; cash payment for individual members at the end of each farming season, savings towards a group loan scheme and reinvesting to sustain the farms.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU

JONAM Youth Development Initiative (JOYODI) is a local Community Based Organization found in Pakwach Town Council at Kapita, along Wadelai road, in Nebbi district, Uganda. JOYODI has 8 years of experience working with youth in HIV/AIDS, Reproductive health and economic empowerment.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

  • Uganda

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

Projects undertaken

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Mitigation

JOYODI has been providing HIV prevention and mitigation services since 2009 in Pakwach Town Council with support from AFARD, and in Panyango Sub County with support from Civil Society fund. Major target groups are youth out of school, married couples and fisher folk. JOYODI has also formed a Post Test Club whose membership has grown to 121; 45 males and 76 females – there are 51 PLHIV in the PTC (10 males and 41 females). Over 10,336 people (both male and female) have been reached since through drama, seminars and film shows and 5,000 people tested for HIV. As a result of JOYODI’s interventions, there have been remarkable contributions towards reduction of HIV prevalence through increased comprehensive knowledge on HIV/AIDS basic facts and fostering of behavior change among the MARPs in Pakwach Town Council and Panyango Sub County.

Entrepreneurship skills training

With funding from Gorta through AFARD, JOYODI trained 280 (100 female and 180 male) out of school youth in entrepreneurship skills in 2010. This was on livestock management, identification of profitable IGAs and financial literacy among others. With the skills acquired some of those trained have sustained their businesses to date.

Livestock rearing

JOYODI also ventured in Agriculture with support from AFARD through the Irish Aid. 346 local nanny goats and 364 local hens were procured and distributed to 173 beneficiaries comprising People Living with HIV and youth. Within 1 year of the project, members with business discipline owned an average of 10 goats and 20 chickens.

Sim-sim farming

Due to favorable soils, ready market and familiarity with sim-sim growing, JOYODI encouraged its members to grow sim-sim by providing seed loan and finding market for them. In 2013, a total of 3 tons of sim-sim was harvested by beneficiaries and sold above ten million Ugandan shillings. Through partners like AFARD, extension service is done to avoid losses resulting from inadequate knowledge.

Our Partners

No.

DONOR

PROGRAMME AREA

PERIOD

STATUS

1

AMPLIFYCHANGE/MANION DANIELS

Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

July 2016 – July 2018

On-going

2

Civil Society Fund (CSF)

HIV/AIDS prevention and mitigation

2013 - 2015

Completed

3

Agency for Accelerated Regional development (AFARD)

HIV/AIDS prevention and mitigation

Agriculture

2009 - 2013

Completed

4

Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on AIDS at

Local Level (AMICAALL

HIV/AIDS Prevention and mitigation

2012 - 2013

Completed

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