OBULIMI BUGAGA DEMONSTRATION GARDEN
CRANES DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE UGANDA (CDIU) is a non profit organization which started in 2003 to help vulnerable people be transformed into useful members of the community. CDIU has got a number of projects in the community, among them is Obulimi bugaga Demonstration Garden project. Obulimi bugaga means “farming is wealth”. This project was started to help all the local people who had interest in agriculture but more emphasis was directed towards the youth.
The Project Goal is to promote food security and uplifting the community incomes through provision of advisory services for sustainable agriculture and management of natural resources.
We found out that although community members involved in agriculture, they were simply practicing it but no vibrant income generating projects to uplift them from poverty. Majority of them still survive on traditional subsistence and live on less than 1 dollar a day. It is upon that background that we intervened to transform the community from subsistence to commercial agriculture, CDIU started obulimi bugaga demonstration garden project where people acquire commercial farming skills in any required crop, entrepreneurial basics are also added with skills like; making Business & marketing plan, staff, legal responsibilities and insurance, costing your product and service, record keeping, start-up capital and others.
We mobilize the community members to form groups with the same interest which is trained in a desired agricultural products. After the training, they either form small groups were a collective responsibility is expected or establish individual gardens at their homes using their resources but still they are attached to our demonstration garden to access the necessary services. Technical staff from our demonstration garden offers sensitization of the group about how to exploit available opportunities to be successful farmers. When the products are ready, costs are shared between group members, like transport and other costs.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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