Trees for food and income in Uganda
The Daily Monitor reports on a 3-year project being run by Makerere University School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences which is encouraging farmers in Uganda to grow trees for food security and income.
Through the project, farmers In Manafwa District are integrating trees, either through intercropping or establishing woodlots of pine and Eucalyptus.
The intercropped trees are helping to increase soil fertility and boost crop yields, while the trees planted in woodlots will provide products such as fuelwood, fodder for livestock and timber for construction.
Now a new project, funded by the Australian Government through the University of Adelaide, is expected to expand the project to look more at processing and marketing of the tree products produced by farmers. The project will operate in in Manfwa and Kapchorwa districts of Uganda as well as in Zambia.
The new project aims to work with farmers to form producer groups that can increase their market involvement
Speaking about a similar project in Burundi, Rwanda and Ethiopia, Catherine Muthuri from the World Agroforestry Centre, outlined how through sensitizing farmers to how trees can improve their incomes, this has helped both the farmers and her team learn about the challenges involved.
Read the full story: How growing trees on the farm leads to food security