The Ssezibwa Demonstration Farm is a local Community Based Organization, founded by Hannington and a group of members of the community with the objective of improving the community’s income through better techniques for agriculture and livestock breeding.
In the past, the district of Mukono was regarded to be a model example in Uganda as far as agriculture was concerned. But then the population increased and the land lost its fertility due to constant production pressure. Precarious living conditions for many families have been the result. The current infant mortality rate is 64.85 per thousand children.
The project covers three fields of intervention: awareness of economic responsibilit, food production and health.
More than 185 families chosen from the community by especially considering families with pregnant mothers, old people and families with children as well as 10 other disadvantaged community members (HIV-positive, disabled people or widows with families to maintain) will be introduced to awareness processes of economic and productive responsibility (empowerment) and exposed to practical knowledge about how to use chicken excrements and pigsty refuse for producing own organic fertilizers.
Our objectives after the 12th month are: the emancipation of at least 60 families thanks to the transmission of economic knowledge and constant tutorship from the organization. The total number of direct beneficiaries is calculated in 100 community members and their familie,10 HIV-positive person, 100 members including pregnant women, old people and families with children under 5 years. The total number of indirect beneficiaries after 3 years will approximately be 7 times the number of direct beneficiaries.
1) Training in the zoological, agricultural and domestic field
Hannington and his collaborators introduce a representative of every beneficiary family to modern techniques of livestock breeding and agriculture.
We bought 1,000 chicks, 40 piglets, 1 ton of seeds and 1 chaff cutter. The piglets and chicks are distributed to the beneficiaries. They can keep part of the new piglets and chicks and have to return the rest to the farm, so that they can be distributed to other beneficiary families.
10 kilograms of corn, beans, peas, soy and carob seeds are distributed to the beneficiaries of the agricultural courses. After the first harvest they have to return 5 kilograms of seeds to the farm’s seed bank. These seeds then go to other beneficiaries. Furthermore, a nutritionist informs the beneficiaries about a correct diet and how they can plant nutritious vegetables around their houses.
We also started farming mud cat and tilapia at Ssezibwua Demonstration Farm some time ago. The fish is given to pregnant women to improve their diet.
2) Installation of a new pump
We will install solar panels for pumping drinking water collected in the well inside the property. We would like to install a pump fed by solar energy, which is more efficient, less expensive, not so loud and has less environmental impacts.
3) Installation of water cisterns
In order to get the most out of the farm’s fields and not to be dependent on the climatic seasons, we will buy 4 water cisterns made of PVC with a capacity of 10,000 liters each. The water that is pumped from the already existing well is collected in the cisterns and used for irrigating the cultivated fields if necessary.
Hannington Kakembo is the founder of the Ssezibwa Demonstration Farm in Mukono, Uganda. He follows his project, by the community for the community, with great commitment and passion, but most of all with transparency and efficiency.
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