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Beans and peanuts

Baale George, a community seed farmer who produces disease-resistant bean seeds for sale in his community. Baale George, a community seed farmer who produces disease-resistant bean seeds for sale in his community.

More than 90% of the rural population in upland Uganda earns their living from subsistence agriculture.

But these small-scale farmers often struggle to produce enough food, because of:

  • small plots of land
  • poor access to training and credit
  • lack of quality seeds, fertilisers, pesticides
  • poor soil management techniques.

When they do have a surplus straight after harvesting, prices are at their lowest and farmers struggle to make money at local food markets. This creates a vicious circle in which farmers have little incentive to raise production levels or invest in new techniques.

Better seeds

By teaching them new technologies and farming techniques, Farm Africa is helping local farmers increase production of crops such as beans, peanuts and a rice variety that doesn’t need flooded fields. Bigger harvests will leave farmers and their families with more to eat – and some surplus to sell.

We are also helping them get the best price at market by strengthening institutions such as farmers’ groups and associations, who can sell their produce collectively.

These registered groups are able to take out loans so farmers can buy better-quality seeds like drought-tolerant upland rice and protein-rich beans and groundnuts.

Who are we helping?

We are supporting 18,000 smallholder upland rice and legume farmers in central Uganda.

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