scarcity is of late a very common problem world wide. Globally, over 120
million people face food scarcity. In Uganda alone, 13% of the total
population are facing food scarcity(source UBOS). This is highly
of enough land to grow crops. Most of the families especially those
headed by women don’t own big land for example according to the research
carried out by Women Smile Uganda 60% of women headed families live on
50 by 50 land this limits them from carrying out agriculture for both
food and livelihood.
exhausation of Land. Most of the farmers in rural don’t practice good
farming practice like crop rotation for example a farmer can grow one
type of crop season in season out without changing the crop for the
entire lifetime. This leaves the soils exhausted, infertile and less
of the farmers depend heavily on the climate and weather. In the recent
past the climatic conditions are hard to be predicted, seasons have
changed and farmers are left on the mercy of what comes from the sky.
This kind of farming leaves them most of the times with less to add when
climate changes unpredictably.
Based on the above revelation,Women
smile Uganda uses locally made metallic pipes to make vertical gardens
and give them out on credit to women especially those in areas highly
affected by climatic changes that’s Karamoja region where there is
hardly land to grow crops . This is mainly meant to give chance to those
without enough land and infertile soils to grow crops.
if that is not enough this organization trains female on how to turn
bio-degradable waste into organic composites through vermicomposting
that occurs in its vermicomposting core. The compact layered structure
creates 36sq ft of soil with only a 9sq ft footprint. It is in essence
“a farm in a box” which utilizes composite from bio degradable urban
waste, and is capable of growing up to 200 plants.This is aimed at
giving them chance to improve their produce as a result of composite
Smile goes ahead to train female farmers on how to use drip irrigation
on their vertical farms this is aimed on reducing dependant on weather
and climate .We link farmers using a web based mobile application to our
partner that is Operation Wealth Creation for free improved seeds.
organization also links female farmers to financial institutions to get
loans to run day to day farm activities together with linking them to
buyers in different markets using our web based mobile application where
they sell the surplus of their food for improved livelihood this is
meant to remove the middle men who exploit farmers.