Food Security & Agricultural Support

 

Farming God’s way.

Over 30% of the total Uganda population faced some level of chronic food insecurity in 2018. The proportion of children receiving a minimum acceptable diet (MAD) is rising but remains very low; between 2011 and 2016 MAD moved from 6% to 14% (Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS, 2017).

In particular, the dry Northeastern region of Karamoja has suffered chronic food insecurity punctuated by acute drought shocks and a prolonged conflict resulting in recurrent emergency-level food needs for many decades.

The Karamoja region consists of seven districts in Northeastern Uganda (Kaabong, Kotido, Abim, Moroto, Napak, Amudat and Nakapiripirit). Karamoja is classified as one of the world’s poorest areas, with high rates of malnutrition and a disproportionate number (61%) of its 1.2 million people, living in absolute poverty.

We are currently implementing a project (Farming God’s Way) in the Napak District of Karamoja aiming to avert the hunger and food insecurity problem in the region.

The Project focuses on 3 core principles that include;

  1. We acknowledge that there is only one true God and we come to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, who died on a cross for us to have the free gift of eternal life. We are now no longer of this world’s system and traditions but we have been adopted into His family and we have the privilege of knowing God as our Father. 
 Jesus fulfilled all that He could, not through independence but rather dependence on His Father. His Father showed Him what to do, He did it and succeeded.
  2. The management objective of the project is to develop into sustainable profitability. There are many areas where there is a substantial saving of resources including soil, moisture, nutrients, land preparation time and costs. Particular attention will be paid to the attributes of on-time, High standards and minimum wastage.
  3. The basic technology of the Project is;
  • Do not burn. This will provide the ideal environment for the healing of the land to take place.
  • Do not plough. Ploughing inverts, the soil and instead loosens it to a very shallow depth for planting.
  • Practice rotations. Rotations have been shown to be crucial in maintaining healthy soil and crops.

We also continue to engage Government and other development partners to emphasize the need to focus on investments in health, education, economic opportunity and governance in the region. It is important to consistently and collaboratively explore the policy priorities to achieve equity. We encourage the leaders to make the hard choices in order to meet the varying and unique levels of need and ensure pulls to the pace of human development as the rest of the country.