Partnership for  creation and promotion of strategies to end extreme poverty, malnutrition and hunger in Batwa Communities

The purpose of this partnership is to develop and expand a framework of cooperation to realize successful establishment and implementation of practical secure food security plan and establishing projects to provide daily sources of income among the Batwa.

As a next step the parties aim to scale up collaboration in this.

 

  1. Statement of Mutual Benefit and Interests

 

The foremost mutual benefit for all parties is to be able to collaborate on the purpose of successful implementation of food security, nutrition and income generating agricultural project for Batwa in close proximity to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

 

Furthermore it is in the interest of all parties to:

  • work towards a highly sustainable and inclusive business model

  • Optimize monitoring the establishment of technologies and initiatives that are affordable to the Batwa and can be managed by the Batwa in future with no external support.

  • Optimize empowering the Batwa to own skills and have access to resources required for self-efficiency.

  • All households can under this partnership program can harvest main food from their own gardens.

  • Assist the Batwa communities with decent incomes through promotion of market gardening projects and offer them direct access to market of their marketable produce.

 

 

 

The program to be implemented is for:

  • Promotion of food security: This includes growing food and cash crops like beans, maize, g-nuts, millet, rice, peas, cassava, sweet-potatoes, sorghum, matooke, irish-potatoes

  • Increase production of nutritional foods like beans, green vegetables, g-nuts, fish and animal products and mashrooms.

  • Attain self-sustainability and improved economic status through promotion of bee-keeping, coffee, matooke; keeping animals like goats, pigs, cows, chicken. Tree planting trees for firewood, house repair and crafts.

To achieve the above, the Agricultural Extension Worker will do the following:

- equip batwa families with modern methods of farming and animal husbandry

- organize and carry out seminars, field visits, supervision, demonstrations, supply of seedlings, animals, insecticides; make budgets, workplans, reports etc.

- offer technical assistance to batwa

-offer technical advice to BDP office

 

 

  1. Areas of Cooperation

 

  • BDP- Funding organisation

  • CIBIC – Implementing organisation

In the photo on your right,  CIBIC is desirous to establish at least 1 acre of banana plantation per settlement. This is around 450 banana plants per community. Our strategy is to empower 4 members per month per community each with 50 banana suckers planted with manure and well cared for. We will need 9 members to establish an acre in each community.  This will take around 2 month per community and with 11 settlements, it will take us 22 month.  With this plan at least each community can potentially harvest 75 banana bunches per month. This means that if we consider each community with 15 household averagely, the family will have at least 4.4 bunches of bananas per month. The average bunches we are talking about may feed a family of 5 people for 3 days at minimum. This can therefore guarantee food security for each family for 3 days per week per month. This means that if a community have an acre of cassava this will cover the remaining 4 days to make each household free from hunger. We are working to achieve this I hope in the next 2 years. Other crops like vegetables, fruits and coffee and animals like rabbits, chicken fish and goats will supplement this for nutrition and income.

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In the photo above, CIBIC is supporting Batwa families to grow organic vegetables for nutrition, food security and income at household level

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