World Renew is supporting Nebbi Diocese Church of Uganda (NDCU) with a five-year agriculture and livelihood project in the Kucwiny Sub-County of Nebbi District, Uganda. In this area of Uganda, food insecurity is a chronic problem for rural households that traditionally depend on agricultural-based livelihoods.
A number of factors have been identified that contribute to the chronic food insecurity including unreliable rainfall and changing weather patterns, inadequate knowledge of appropriate and sustainable farming practices, degraded soil fertility, limited alternative livelihood options, and gender inequality.
The project started by training 40 farmers to become farmer-trainers who then established 20 Farmer Field Schools through which a further 380 farming households are being trained on sustainable agriculture farming practices including conservation agriculture and environmental conservation practices.
The project is also working to diversify the income sources of participating households through self-help and village savings and loan groups. Gender champions have also been identified and trained to engage all community members around gender awareness and equality. In total, the project is working with 420 households to benefit 2,100 people.