Intergrated fish farming for youth Emporment
Published on July 7, 2014 um 14:40
Name of Enterprise
Think youth development initiative Uganda fish farming entrprise
Type of Enterprise
Enterprise has a positive impact on
peace-building, environment, food security, empowerment of women, youth
Year the enterprise was founded
Summary of your enterprise
The project, Integrated Fish farming for sustainable youth empowerment and food security is a 12 months project aimed at providing fish as food, creation of employment and generation of income for member households. This has involved the construction of 10 dug out ponds and stocking them with 15,000 cat fish fry and 5,000 tilapia fish. This project has also involved the establishment of a tree nursery and a tree-planting initiative. Through planting trees, the group has rehabilitate degraded sections of zika forest reserve, a near by forest reserve which has been destroyed by the community through tree cutting as well as helping to monitor human settlement and the extraction of timber and firewood from the forests. This has helped in preserving the environment guarding the community from natural disasters like floods. This project has involved the setting up of a 40,000 trees nursery by members of TYDI-Uganda. This project has also worked as a Community Training Center to educate the local community on environmental conservation issues, fish farming, water use, forests and agriculture. This has had significant community participation and contributions since a number of community members have volunteer and attained employment, improving basic economic and social conditions and fostering community self-reliance. This project has been implemented by Think youth development initiative Uganda. A youth led community based organization formed in 2010 by a group of young community leaders from Kisubi parish in Wakiso district with a mission of improving youth livelihoods through engaging them in knowledge sharing, vocational training and self help project start ups. They wanted to address basic issues that affect them and their families, such as housing, food and water supply, education and poverty alleviation. The group also wanted to engage the local community in environmental conservation activities and improve livelihoods by establishing a sustainable environmental conservation enterprise
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
With cat fish and tilapia stocked per season, this project has a stocking capacity of 20,000 fry with a production between 10 and 15 tones of fish per harvest. This has increased availability of fish on the local market providing the community with readily available food and provide a source of protein and nutrients that has improved the diet and health of the local community especially malnourished children. This project has generated additional income from sales of fish. 50% of the profits from the sale of fish have been re-invested to support the groups conservation activities of tree seedlings and organizing seminars that promote fish farming among the youth. The groups efforts of tree planting have reduced soil erosion and improved water quality in the streams with in the swamps, which water is used for domestic use as well as fish ponds. This has improved the health of the people and their agricultural production since their soils have been preserved and made more productive. With the establishment of a Community Training Center, this has built the capacity of the local community and increase awareness on environmental conservation through training seminars and events. This has also provided more opportunities for local women to access training and information sessions related to fish farming, environmental conservation and agriculture. More so, this has demonstrated strong linkages between conservation activities and livelihoods, communities living near forests and swamps can create income-generating activities and improve their livelihoods while also utilizing natural resources in a sustainable manner. As a result of community intervention and participation in conservation efforts, the area has enjoyed much more greater level of protection from the environmental degradation caused by over exploitation of natural resources.
Sustainability and future plans
The project is generating income from sales of fish, part of which will be re invested into fish farming and part will be invested in tree planting starting with setting up of more tree nursery beds and eventually re-stalking other neighboring deforested forests.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Ronald Kirabo, 28 has over 4 years of experience working directly with communities focusing on improving youth livelihoods, promoting rights for people with disabilities and youth leadership. He is the elected Chairperson, secretary for finance and publicity secretary for kakindu village, Katabi Sub County and Wakiso District Youth councils respectively. Responsibilities he will hold up until to 2016 for another general election. As the founder and director for Think Youth Development Initiative-Uganda (TYDI-Uganda) a youth led, community based organization with a mission of improving youth livelihoods through engaging the youth in knowledge sharing, using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), vocational training and self help project start ups, he has been able to identify with and analyze the challenges faced by grassroots communities in Wakiso district as far as food security and youth livelihoods is concerned. This has enabled him initiate and coordinate activities that lead to creation of employment, poverty alleviation and enhancement of food security among the youth so as to improve their livelihoods. He has for 3 years now coordinated projects like metal works for youth empowerment, Integrated farming for sustainable youth empowerment In this project, poultry, cattle keeping (zero grazing), maize growing and were practiced at the same time. He is a founder member of Katabi Youth rehabilitation Savings and Credit cooperative society (SACCO) which gives loans to youth farmer groups and other youth to help boost their production. He is also the Publicity secretary for kakindu village farmers forum where he is responsible for publicizing the works of fellow farmers in the community. He has advanced experience in fish breeding, cage fish farming, and fish harvest and pond construction, experienced at facilitating Aquaculture, Marketing, fish processing, and Post-Harvest Handling, HACCP Certification, Trade/Export Promotion, Enterprise Development, Business Development Services, Business Linkages, and Community organizations.
African catfish bieng harvested from the fish ponds
members of TYDI-Uganda harvesting fish
I, Holding some of the fish harvested