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Being in a rural area, farmers have problems accessing markets for their harvests

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We buy co-operative members’ harvests and sell them to restaurants and hotels in the cities

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We demonstrate new agricultural skills and farming methods at the demonstration farm to help farmers thrive during a changing climate.

TRC purchased more land to expand our agricultural activities. This has enabled the farm to grow food for students at both the vocational and primary school for breakfast and lunch, for lunch for all TRC staff, and also engage in commercial farming - thus increasing the self - sustainability of the centre.

- Malaka Pauline, TRC Farm Manager

Why

Tekera’s remote location makes accessing markets difficult. Coupled with increasing climate change, viable farming is becoming more complicated - leaving many parts of Uganda in a food sovereignty crisis. Tekera co-op connects farmers with markets, while also teaching farmers new and upcoming agricultural skills and techniques for today’s changing climate.
The farm is the life-line of the Centre. It not only provides nourishment for our students and staff, it provides an income to the Centre and income to the farmers in the co-operative. This multi-faceted program recently opened a commercial piggery. Uganda is the # 1 pork consuming country in East Africa, and the TRC farm is meeting this pork demand, while also increasing the self - sufficiency of the Centre.

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Story

Our farm began as a small single plot - and is now over 16 acres!
The Demonstration farm began in 2006 with a 2.5 acre plot. This plot is used by the farm manager to teach farmers in the community about new methods of farming, such as climate smart agriculture and irrigation techniques. She also brings in agriculture specialists to offer skills training in organic farming methods, drought related agriculture skills building and crop variety education. This farm also helps support feeding the Centre, while also producing commercial crops that we sell to hotels and restaurants in both Masaka and Kampala. Crops grown on the farm include: Tomatoes, ground nuts, spring onions, bitter squash, celery, cucumbers, zucchini, spinach, posho, eggplants, green peppers, dill, parsley, lettuce, leek, hot peppers, cassava, basil, leek, watermelon, cabbage, pineapples, matoke, carrots, coffee, bananas, mushrooms, papaya, and maize, varieties of herbs, sukuma-wiki, and beans.

We also have a 4-acre pineapple farm, a 3-acre matoke farm, and a 7-acre coffee plantation.

The farmers co-operative group was established in 2007, aiming to raise incomes of smallholder farmers in the area. TRC, through the Co-op, encourages farmers to grow more crops which TRC then buys and sells in Masaka and Kampala to hotels and restaurants - thereby increasing farmers’ incomes. The farmer receives 80% of the sale price and the remaining 20% is used to cover the costs of transport. Poor sale prices, coupled with a lack of secure markets and transportation in the area meant that many farmers had previously focused only on subsistence farming. An open meeting was held in May 2007 with 30 local farmers who discussed the group and agreed to join it. Seeds have been distributed on loan, with the repayment due when the farmer sells goods through the Co-op. The farm manager currently organizes the sales for the farm and Co-op.

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Impact

Localized food systems provide the foundation of people’s nutrition, incomes, economies, and culture throughout Uganda
80% of individuals in Uganda participate in either sustenance or commercial farming. TRC supports farmers in the community both at the household level and commercially. They keep the food value chain short, ensuring the most direct impact for our farmers from seed to plate.

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