FOOD SECURITY

Background

In March 2012 WCFJC introduced the WCFJC Food Security and Income Generation Program (FSIGP) supporting women to both feed their households and generate daily income. Over the years, several of the beneficiaries had complained about the long lead times associated with the main WCFJC projects (dairy goat farming and poultry rearing) and requested WCFJC to consider supporting them in the pursuit of alternative income generating projects, with faster turnaround times. Tomatoes for instance are ready for harvest within three months of planting and may be sold in the community, in road-side stalls or even the nearest urban market about 16 kilometers away.

WCFJC’s FSIGP supports the targeted rural communities by providing improved cereal and legume seeds, planting materials for high value crops like tomatoes and bananas and various trainings in proven agro-practices. FSIGP has led to improved household nutrition, greater food security and higher incomes. Ultimately, this improves health among the communities due to a reduction in nutrition related diseases like kwashiorkor.

Update

The project started in March 2012 with eleven (11) participants planting tomatoes, beans, maize, bananas and watermelon. By July some members had already started harvesting and the results are encouraging. For example, Steven Buyinza planted 50 kgs of beans and harvested 345kgs; Rebecca Namabiro planted 30 kgs of beans and harvested 190kgs. In phase II WCFJC, recruited 40 participants who planted in the season which started in August 2012. All 48 participants attest to the fact that as a result of participating in the agricultural project, they now have sufficient food for their families, in spite of the bad weather conditions that destroyed the bulk of the beans and tomatoes planted in Phase II.

See agriculture gallery here