We have established our own venture in Uganda through which we:
1. support farmers and households to become foodsecure through a number of Agro Support Centers
2. have established a Farmer's resource Center.
3. support and establishes other innovative programs and people who dare to think out-of-the-box, act flexible, adjust to rapidly changing environments and think long term.
In Pader District we focus on farmers and households who are still recovering from a long internal conflict.
The majority of the population is not entrepreneur, but just a normal household. We do not leave them behind: we established a couple of branches in relevant markets and villages where we provide smallholder farmers and households good quality inputs and advice them to become foodsecure.
Purpose of the FRC is to be a farmers’ resource centre where smallholders and other households can learn. In order to achieve this the FRC must be a place of learning with well chosen and maintained demo fields, hospitable in receiving, guiding and training visitors, with relevant documentation.
Mainstream development agencies spend a lot of time and money on so called "Monitoring and Evaluation". In practice they often haven't got a slightest idea whether their "interventions" have had any direct impact.
We beleive, people themselves can best define what is in their own interest. That's why we started an initiatieve, together with our director Uganda mr Theo Groot to unconditionally support women in the village of Kayunga, Uganda with a small amount per week for about two years each.
Direct money int the pocket. Of course this sounds a bit scary, but we stay in close contact with them, discussing what they have achieved and stimulate them to invest in small, but sustaining invstements.