Kwanzaa Eco Farm Initiative
Conserving biodiversity and empowering smallholder farmers
Kwanzaa Eco Farm Initiative (KWEFI) is an eco-inclusive enterprise that promotes a sustainable and market-driven approach towards farming and beekeeping in Uganda. It addresses the problem of low agricultural productivity and the consequent poverty among smallholder farmers in the northern region of Uganda.
The enterprise has connected various smallholder farmer groups and utilises this network for diffusing sustainable agriculture techniques; establishing and providing linkage to lucrative markets; offering skills training and capacity-building, and stimulating an exchange of knowledge and information about modern agricultural techniques. KWEFI also promotes sustainable beekeeping in the Paidha Sub County by sensitizing smallholder farmers to the ecological and economic benefits of beekeeping, offers scale-up support, and helps shape local markets around bee products.
The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation (TUNADO) oversees beekeeping activities in the country and offers a platform for knowledge exchange, peer-learning and networking, and marketing bee products.
The Community-Based Services Department of the Paidha Sub County Local Government in Zombo District offers technical support for scaling up agricultural activities and implements community mobilisation initiatives.
Finding XY has been supporting the eco-inclusive activities of the Kwanzaa Eco Farm Initiative with business development support as well as through networking opportunities with peers, investors, and donors.
The PagSung Shea Nut Pickers and Shea Butter Processors Association offers technical support as well as guidance on community engagement and management.
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