Pumpkin Value Addition Enterprise

Mobilises women and trains them in pumpkin value addition skills.
2013 SEED Africa Award Winner Sustainable Agriculture Mityana, Uganda

Pumpkin Value Addition Enterprise mobilises women to form business working groups and trains them in pumpkin value addition skills. It runs a new demonstration centre for mentoring in sustainable agriculture. In order to empower communities, the enterprise links women to financial institutions, enabling them to start their own businesses and access markets. With the help of easy-to-use technology, the pumpkins are used to produce pumpkin juice, wine, bread, powder, cakes, bhajis, biscuits and seeds, while the residues are used as animal feeds and manure.

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

By using a climate-resistant crop, this enterprise proposes an alternative to traditional food plants and gives women an opportunity to start small-scale businesses that generate healthy value-added food products.
  • Improving access to basic education and sustainable agricultural skills.
  • Creating various jobs for women and young people in different sectors.
  • Promoting sustainable agricultural practices to reduce land degradation in the region.
  • Reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, as pumpkin plants consume some of the gas produced.
  • Promoting women entrepreneurship and raising awareness of financial institutions and business perspectives.
  • Creating new or alternative sources of income for community members.
  • Introducing new markets and collaborations for selling the products.

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Partners

This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

Nkokonjeru Women’s Project coordinates implementation at a grassroots level and uses community tools to foster participation by women.

Myanzi Area Cooperative Enterprise provides information on market linkages and prices, as well as linking women directly with genuine buyers for their products.

Mityana Town Council Sacco provides information on financial institutions and training on financial management.

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Joyce Kyalema
P.O Box 161 Mityana, Mubende Road Highway
Mityana, Uganda
Tel: +256 777021209

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