Explore Tekera Resource Centre
Being in a rural area, farmers have problems accessing markets for their harvests
We buy co-operative members’ harvests and sell them to restaurants and hotels in the cities
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.
WhyTekera’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.
StoryOur farm began as a small single plot - and is now over 16 acres!
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.