Agriculture Expert to Train Women in Vegetable Farming in Uganda
Project Execution (Typically 1 - 6 months)
When Can You Start?
You can start Flexible
Description and Impact
According to the annual report published by Bukedea District Local Government productions department, 90% of women living in rural areas practice subsistence agriculture. The report indicated that women do not have the knowledge and skills in alternative food production. Furthermore, they predominantly depend on traditional subsistence farming and lack alternative methods of food production.
According to our needs assessment survey report, it emerged out that 85% of women do not have skills and knowledge in alternative food production that would help them in diversifying their livelihoods and increase on their income. 70% of them rely on subsistence agriculture and nothing is left for sale! They specifically pointed out that the knowledge and skills in the production and selling of organic vegetables are low among household women. This finally has an impact on their level of income.
In this context, this project was designed and initiated to empower 100 widows who are farmers with the basic, practical and hands-on knowledge and skills by training them in organic vegetable growing and selling. They will be supplied with improved vegetable seeds and other materials to enable them to establish vegetable growing gardens at the individual household level. The project will also involve setting up a mini vegetable growing demonstration farm/site which will be used as a reference point for direct beneficiaries and for the sustainability of the project.
They will be expected to continue producing each season and selling their own vegetables at the household level and pass on the knowledge and skills to other community members so as to increase on the multiplier effect of the project.
The vegetables to be grown will be: Cabbages, onions, tomatoes and Green paper which can produce high yields and withstand unfavorable climatic conditions, they have a high market demand and low supply in each and every season as identified during the market research.
We would like an experteer to help us in the following ways:
-Assess the current farming knowledge of the women and design an agricultural training program to teach the widows basic farming techniques
-Oversee the training process through workshops and site visits
-Train our staff to continue with the workshops after the Experteer leaves
As a result, we hope to achieve the following results:
-Having empowered women with the basic practical and hands-on knowledge, experience and skills in organic vegetable growing and selling.
-Improved, developed and enhanced literacy skills for vulnerable women such as knowing how to read and write, manage personal finances among others. It is an opportunity for them to share their ideas and experiences with other which not only developed their literacy skills but also for others.
-Having direct beneficiaries with improved standards of living, diversified livelihoods, increased income levels and self-reliant with ability to meet the basic needs of their families.
-Having women less vulnerable to dependency on their husbands which in most cases leads to their human rights being abused and violated inform of; domestic violence, sexual harassment among others.
-Realizing increased production, output among and food security among women farmers necessary for economic growth and development.
The ideal experteer would be someone who is enthusiastic and willing to jump right in and get their hands dirty. It's also important that the experteer is flexible, innovative, a good communicator, and willing to work in a rural setting.
We Provide These Local Benefits
- Living Stipend
- Learning Opportunity
- Meal Stipend
You will stay in the Hotel (Barak Motel) in a private room adjacent to the organization offices in Bukedea Town, Bukedea District, in the Eastern part of Uganda.
The local living stipend will be 20,000 Uganda Shillings daily. This is approximately US $6
New culture, new language, new skills, hands-on experience leading a project, networking, and exposure to the inner workings of a social enterprise, among others.
Any desired food will be provided
Local transport such as field travels, airport pickup and drop off.
This project accepts applications for virtual experteers.