Report on Farmers' Training Workshop in Butikiro

Dr.Mulumba facilitating at the workshop.JPG

The Report on the Training Workshop held on 31 May to 1 June 2009 is herein attached. The purpose of the workshop was to strengthen farmers’ capacity (including their knowledge, skills and know-how) to engage in fruit and vegetable growing as an economically-viable enterprise and apply appropriate agricultural practices.

The training workshop that was organised by Sustainable Livelihoods International Uganda (SLINT-Uganda) was made possible with kind support from an on-line volunteer on nabuur.

The workshop which mainly targeted the 50 poor resource farmers engaged in the fruit and vegetable growing for sustainable livelihoods project also aimed at enabling farmers plan and adapt to the changing climatic conditions, sustain their livelihoods and safeguard the environment. It brought together more than 50 farmers from the villages of Butikiro, Kiryajobyo, Bulyanzige, Kiyuni central and Kyerere in Kiyuni parish, Kiboga district in Uganda.

Please find attached herein the full report of the training workshop.
Should you have any inquiries or comments please leave your posting herein.

Thank you,
Marsha Denis Kabuuka

Holiday time at Lake Kariba- YOFOSO kids take a break


A holiday is usually something we save hard for and look forward to all year.

The kids of Garden recently raised some money and took a well deserved holiday to Lake Kariba.
A couple of weeks ago the very talented youth of Garden were able to perform, through dance and song, at three International Schools near Lusaka in order to raise funds for a much needed holiday!

Mulenga and the YOFOSO team planned a trip to Siavona where they were able to visit the largest man-made lake in Africa- Lake Kariba. The lake lies along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. \The ecology of Lake Kariba is vibrant. A number of fish species have been introduced to the lake, notably the sardine-like kapenta (transported from Lake Tanganyika), which now supports a thriving commercial fishery. Other inhabitants of Lake Kariba include Nile crocodiles and hippopotamuses!! For more info about this lake visit

As the photos show, the girls and boys had a great time swimming and attempting to paddle with the canoes. Even our Local Rep Mulenga looks very relaxed!!

Stay tuned for the video of the performances that helped raise the much needed money to allow kids to be kids, have time away from home, bond, and play and be happy!

A New Crop

Good news from Kimilili, Rev Wasike tells the story of a family:

"Immediately after Jennifer donated the money, I called the families through the one of board members and communicated about the donations and their intended purpose. When Kundu’s father received information about the donated seeds, it was God's timings that the father and Kundu plus others in the family seriously became engaged preparing their land for planting.

This gift really enabled this particular family to approach the year in a different style. Kundu and his siblings plus the father are without mother, and though they have land they have been compelled to hire out the same land at a small fee for many years since they never had means to farm the land themselves.

Now they could finally grow their own food. Since the family could not afford a tractor or oxen to come by to plough the land, they had to do it by hand (hoe). Even though this is a slow way of preparations, they had completed a big portion of their land by the time we went to buy the seeds.

Originally, I had wished to buy the seeds in Nairobi, but communication with the family forced me to go and make them select what type crop seeds they thought they could manage without more inputs from outsiders. They had very set ideas about what they wanted to grow. So when I was in Kimilili last week, right away Kundu plus his father and I went into town to buy the seeds in the Agrovet shop.

At this stage, I was a bit surprised with Kundu’s reaction. He did not indicate much happiness, but acted as if it as normal for him to receive the seeds. Then, I looked at Kundu’s father and was challenged when I saw tears flowing, upon receiving the seeds. In fact, he said that did not believe it would happen. He had done all the preparation not quite believing it would actually happen. When handed him his seeds, he wanted to leave immediately. He didn’t even want to stop to take a photo.

It was a cloudy day and showing signs of rain. He just excused himself, saying that he wanted the day's rain to find his seeds in the soil. Two or three hours later, I went to his home because I wanted to discuss with him a difficult situation that persisted for the last few months. And that was, he refused to let Kundu go to school and instead got Kundu casual work looking after cattle for the neighbourhood.

Upon reaching the home of Kundu, I was shocked to see everyone out on the plot of land planting the seeds. It was almost impossible for me to get Kundu’s father to sit down with me to discuss this matter close to my heart, even though I sacrificed time needed with other community members to go there.

As far as one could see, there was a beehive of activity on the plot of the land of Kundu’ family planting the seeds. The father and elder children plus Kundu himself were at peace; joyful and energetic to go the extra mile as long as it meant planting their own food.

I had a short chat with the father and he promised to send Kundu back to school when the school terms start again. Not only do the seeds provide the family with food, they also enable Kundu to go to school. Among all those who received gifts from Jennifer, my personal rating noted that Kundu’s family saw God through the seeds."

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