Supporting Farming as a Family Business

A Gender Equitable Approach to Improve Food Security for Smallholder Maize Farmers in Busoga, Uganda

The Project

LWR is partnering with NAMUBUKA ACE to reach 1,500 farming households in Uganda. Through this project LWR and NAMUBUKA staff received training on identifying gender-based constraints that men and women farmers face. With support from Foods Resource Bank (FRB), LWR aims to address these constraints and the broader issues of food security, low income levels, and lack of local institutional capacity by strengthening and supporting NAMUBUKA to provide services to their cooperative members. These services include marketing, financial services, market information and advisory services. The project will also target five hundred families to implement the Farming as a Family Business (FaaFb) model through which men will allocate more land for their wives, invest in improved inputs for women’s plots, and support the marketing of their crops. Both husbands and wives will commit to developing the family budget together. Women participants will be encouraged to join the two constituent cooperatives, while men will be encouraged to support their wives in joining these organizations.

Challenges & Gender-Based Constraints

Insufficient Income and Food Insecurity

  • Lack of inputs, marketing & financial services
  • Low maize productivity & income
  • Lower levels of maize available for home consumption
  • Limited access to agronomic knowledge due to very limited extension services
  • Inefficient models of family budgeting and planning

Cooperative-Level Constraints

  • Limited participation by women and lack of voice within the cooperative structure
  • Women comprise less than 30 percent of cooperative total membership.

Household-Level Constraints

  • Women farmers typically have smaller plots of land
  • Lack of trust between men and women
  • Limited access to agronomic knowledge and financial services

Objectives

Objective #1

Enable three farmer organizations to participate in effective collective action in a gender-equitable manner.

Objective #2

Increase household income from maize production.

Objective #3

Decrease disparities between men and women in skills training, household decision-making, cooperative membership, and access to agricultural land, inputs and markets.

Key Project Activities

  • Development of business plans, as well as credit, finance and administration policies and procedures
  • Training in the FaaFB model
  • Training in gender integration, marketing, the farmer field school approach and climate-smart agriculture
  • Renovation and equipping of a warehouse
  • Community dialogue on gender roles and the FaaFB model
  • Exchange visits for 50 families on the FaaFB model
  • Training in crop management, soil and water conservation and post-harvest handling
  • Planting of 15,000 trees

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