Green Future Farming in Elgon Region Uganda
In November, The Green Future Farming project for Elgon Region in Uganda was launched by Aidenvironment, the Ministry of Water and Environment, and the Chief Administrative Officers for Kapchorwa, Kween, and Bukwo Districts. It is part of a wider program in East Africa to combat problems of declining soil fertility and water resources through landscape improvement, and local value chain reinvestment.
Green Future Farming aims to show how in three completely different landscapes, regenerative agriculture will benefit both farmers and the environment. The Green Future Farming program is implemented through a consortium led by Aidenvironment, with partners MetaMeta, and Justdiggit, and supported by IKEA Foundation.
In November Aidenvironment opened its field office in Elgon Region. This field office enables smooth implementation of the project’s main activities.
In Elgon Region in Uganda the main crop is coffee. The project seeks to increase productivity with a system of circular agriculture that restores degraded land and increases water availability and vegetation cover. It provides investment options for young farmers to improve the quality of their coffee crops and increase access to sustainable markets.
Project components are:
- Landscape management: restoration of degraded lands; promotion of sustainable land and water management options; increase in forest cover; promotion of riverbank management; increased investment in landscape management by farmers, local government, and the private sector.
- Regenerative agriculture: improvement of agronomic practices; soil and water conservation; organic fertilizer application; improved methods of pest and disease control; opportunities for youth in the production service sector (processing, quality control) and in agri-services (storage, inputs, transport).
- Value chain development: collaboration on loan products through Village Saving and Loans; premium pricing and standard control of coffee and transportation; development of more opportunities in the service sector in relation to coffee production (processing, quality control, growing shadow trees) and in general agri-services (storage, improved inputs, transport).
For more information, please contact James Kisekka