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This is fascinating. I have personal experience with black soldier fly larvae that I grew for my chickens at home. They reproduced at an unbelievable rate and all I had to "feed" them was every day kitchen scraps, plantain peels, etc. My chickens were happy and I spent less money on feed. The challenge, I would suppose, is building the bridge between knowledge and practice. Some cultures are more reluctant to try new methods of doing what they have done for generations. At least that's the kind of challenge we often face in Haiti. --(Joseph Bataille, World Relief Haiti)


Chang commented on Trees for life

Hello Daniel.
I found your idea to be an interesting take on a common agriculture initiative engaging rural farmers. I am now interested and curious to learn more about this SAI model you reference. You mention that its a pilot starting with 30 or so farmers. What is your scale up vision once this moves beyond the pilot phase (of 2 years?). Also, have you or do you plan to do any assessments as part of this pilot, or are you relying on other data for that (and if so, from where/whom?). Interesting idea though!

Your initiative is very exciting and quite inspiring. I appreciate the many facets and approaches you use to attract youth and keep them engaged in agriculture and agribusiness ventures (the use of social media platforms, sporting events...etc. all linked to agribusiness). I am curious to hear some of your success stories so far, or what you consider and define as success in the lives of the Ugandan youth you aim to inspire and engage.