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Thanks from Uganda: Why the Trellis Fund matters

Editor’s Note: Liz Hohenberger, one of the UC Davis grad students who manages our Trellis Fund, shares a Thank You note sent by an organization that had previously received funding from the Trellis Fund. The grants that the Horticulture Innovation Lab awards through its Trellis Fund aren’t huge; we fund 6-month projects for $2,000, matching… Continue reading Thanks from Uganda: Why the Trellis Fund matters

EAC, FAO sign Shs1.5b grant to tackle youth unemployment

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the East Africa Community (EAC) have signed a grant agreement intended to promote urban and rural agriculture and agribusiness in order to improve youth employment in the region. The total budget of $440,000 (Shs1.5 billion) is a one-year grant agreement which allows FAO and… Continue reading EAC, FAO sign Shs1.5b grant to tackle youth unemployment

Farmers take up insurance scheme in face of drought

In face of the drought experienced in the country since last year, leaders of farmers groups under National Union of Coffee Agro-businesses and Farm Enterprises (Nucafe) have been sensitised on insurance against the risks to their crop because of such disasters as drought. During a seminar in Kampala last week, John Makosya, an official from… Continue reading Farmers take up insurance scheme in face of drought

Restore, conserve wetlands to fight environmental degradation

If you have ever fetched clean water from a lake, river or any other natural water body you should probably thank a wetland. Wetlands, are like sponges, they hold this water, filter and purify it before sending it into water bodies. February 2 is World Wetlands Day and a great opportunity to learn about the… Continue reading Restore, conserve wetlands to fight environmental degradation

Farmers and uncertain weather

The rain season that was expected to begin in September last year in most parts of Uganda started quite late in mid-October 2016 and ended well before Christmas. Since then to date the country has undergone a biting dry spell that has destroyed crops and pasture. The great majority of farmers face tough times ahead… Continue reading Farmers and uncertain weather

Gap training of Nakatii

Nakati is one of the vegetables which grows in a variety of soils and can perform for a long period of time compared to other vegetables say, tomatoes and cabbages. This implies that they can be readily available and are sustainable. Nakati requires less labour and is easy to grow because it does not involve… Continue reading Gap training of Nakatii

Vocational students supported by Eco-Agric Uganda

Vocational students supported by Eco-Agric Uganda recently participated in a one day workshop at our training center in Hoima where they learned new skills like how to make RUMPs (reusable menstrual pads) and how to make a business plan. RUMPs are an affordable and sustainable way to support proper sanitation practices in girls and can… Continue reading Vocational students supported by Eco-Agric Uganda

Horticulture Collaborative

Beginning September 2012, U.S. graduate students will travel to Feed the Future focus countries to work on projects led by in-country organizations to support smallholder farmers growing fruits and vegetables, thanks to 14 newly funded projects from the Horticulture Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) at the University of California, Davis The students are participating in… Continue reading Horticulture Collaborative