ImprovingLlivelihood of Marginalized Women Farmers through Market-Led Development and financial Trai
Published on July 8, 2014 um 17:04
Name of Enterprise
Access Youth Initiative-Uganda
Katwe-Kibuye Road Plot 367 Katwe (Next to equity Bank)
Type of Enterprise
Enterprise has a positive impact on
food security, poverty reduction , sustainable trade, empowerment of women, youth
Year the enterprise was founded
Summary of your enterprise
This project identifies and addresses the challenges for integrating emerging young rural women farmers into Fair Agricultural Trade and associated value-added activities in building their capacity to respond to agricultural marketing issues and promoting training, technical knowledge and market information sharing in Mpigi district in Uganda. The overall aim is to train and provide support to marginalized rural women farmers in increasing agricultural productivity and enhancing their knowledge in market access and financial literacy with a broader target goal of reducing poverty. Specifically the project aims to empower a group of 60 emerging young rural women farmers in developing to commercialized farming thus increasing agricultural production and eventually their income earning capacity, organizing marginalized women farmers into a fully functioning women agricultural cooperative supported with knowledge to develop high-value agricultural products and strengthen links with profitable markets and service providers, training marginalized women farmers in agricultural skills, financial literacy and business development, promoting sustainable production practices that maintain biodiversity and crop diversification and empowering them with modern knowledge and skills in crop production in order to attain food security and self-sufficiency. Activities include holding community Dialogues to help to re-affirm project objectives, carrying out trainings in agricultural techniques and financial literacy focusing on key cross cutting issues including but not limited to Farm Management and Efficiency, Strengthening Market Information Systems, Business Management and Financial literacy and to set up a demonstration farm to act as a learning center to the women to showcase modern sustainable agricultural techniques and to guide beneficiaries on future projects. Exchange Visits and Study Tours of the farmers to facilitate farmers learning from their successive counterparts are also arranged. The project is partly financed by World Aid Support Organization (WA-SO), a humanitarian agency based in South Africa and generous contributions from our registered memberships.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
The project will result in women being empowered with technical skills and resources to improve farm productivity leading to food security in the community. The community will increase awareness on sustainable agriculture and adopt the commercialization aspect as a result of the multiplier effect from the project beneficiaries. Land quality in the community will be preserved as community members possess the required knowledge. The project will also introduce a paradigm shift to enhancing productivity of food crops to improving profitability and competitiveness of small-scale farming which will generate benefits in the areas of farm based business, agro-processing techniques and linking them to more profitable markets. This will strengthen their incomes and improve their livelihood as even post-harvest losses would be low. Income and employment will be generated to the women directly as a result of the project. Secondly, the social impact of providing women farmers with the financial skills, business training and support they need to create agribusinesses and gain access to markets for their products is significant as they channel their newly renewed empowerment and income to educating their children. Success of the project will be measured by carrying out participatory monitoring and evaluations based on the project indicators refined during project inception and planning meetings conducted every month as a mechanism for corrective actions and adaptation management through holding stakeholder planning and review meetings. Monthly reports are developed, discussed at project review meetings, revised and adopted before submission. Monitoring within the project is an on-going process of tracking progress as the respective project activities are being implemented. None the less, the monitoring strategy includes periodic reviews to offer more systematic assessment of progress towards completion of the key project activities and realization of the project goals.
Sustainability and future plans
By project end, new business initiatives will be owned by women and girls as well as co-operatives and communities whilst district and local Government based partners are expected to supply additional support. Women will be able to take advantage of improved local policies, and have the skills to expand their commercial relationships. They will be supported by co-operatives which will strengthen market, supplier, financial and Government links. Women empowerment Group members in the community will remain key in continuing to lobby for resources to support womens economic and social development. Basing on proceeds from the demonstration farm, a members revolving fund will be set up to enhance the continuation of the project beyond the project timeline. This will help women to have timely supply of farm inputs which encourages them to even manage their own projects. The project is community-based, in that women themselves decide and design their training curricula and networking opportunities. Using a collective-action reflection model for defining the projects trajectory is sometimes more work than simply attending pre-designed trainings, but is ultimately more empowering and tailored to fit the needs of the local rural women. Beneficiaries are also subjected to skills transfer relevant to their undertakings to ensure building the group and the communitys human capital. This guarantees continuity and the same time induce intra community knowledge and ideas transfer through.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Ibrahim Kakinda, 30, holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce from Makerere University (Kampala) and a diploma in Social Works and Social Administration from YMCA and a certificate in Project Planning and Management. He is currently the president and Founder of Access Youth Initiative-Uganda (www.ayi.or.ug), a Non-Governmental and a not for profit youth-driven organization which strives to empower disadvantaged young people in Uganda to acquire essential technical entrepreneurial and livelihood employment readiness skills that enable them reach their full potential and become useful citizens of Uganda. He supervises the administrative, planning, implementation and monitoring of the organization in realizing its objectives and providing oversight of its projects. He holds over 9 years experience in promoting rural development and bringing quick village development solutions at local level. He has worked with various agencies in Uganda like the International Friendship League, Reach Out to the Kids of War, and U4U Multimedia on various projects of women and youth empowerment.
one of the Community Dialogues
Womedn undergoing a model revolving fund training
Dialoging with community members