Kamu Kalanzi is a vegetable farmer in Zirobwe, Luwero district. He has been growing green pepper for over six years. From the time he started growing vegetables, Kalanzi has always raised his own seedlings, which he grows in a nursery bed before transplanting them to the garden. For the first two years, however, the yields were not impressive despite Kalanzi’s efforts. His vegetables often suffered attacks from pests and diseases. He almost gave up on farming as a result.However, 2016 marked a turning point for Kalanzi and other farmers who were trained by Volunteers Effort for Development Concern(VEDCO) on the use of healthy seedlings.
VEDCO is implementing the Health Seedlings for Safe and more Productive Vegetables inEast Africa project in Luwero,
Mukono and Mityana districts.The project was funded by Austrian Development Agency (ADA). “We were trained on how to raise healthy seedlings which are free of pests and diseases and since then, we have been able to see our productivity increase,” Kalanzi says. Through the healthy seedlings project, farmers were provided with screen houses where seedlings are raised before being transplanted.
Great work is always appreciated. VEDCO receives a token of appreciation in recognition to the great contribution to the promotion of agricultural extension and advisory services in Uganda.
VEDCO in partnership with Oxfam Uganda are implementing a three year project that aims at empowering Local and National Humanitarian actors in Uganda specifically targeting the districts of Kotido and Kaabong in Karamoja Sub Region, Arua and Koboko in West Nile Sub Region and Lamwo and Agago in Acholi Sub Region
According to Steven Bwayo, project coordinator, the project was initiated with a vision to enable capable Local and National Humanitarian Actors (LNHA) to play a leading role in humanitarian work and also help address the challenge of limited opportunities, space and voice LNHAs face in the current humanitarian system. The three year project themed ‘Empowering Local and National and Humanitarian Actors (ELNHA) ’ is sponsored by IKEA foundation
On 4th November 2016, VEDCO launched its silage business centre which is located at VEDCO offices in Kamuli District. An open day was also held that very day with theme, “Expanding utilization of roots, tubers and bananas and reducing their postharvest losses.”
The silage business centre will be a place where communities in Kamuli can receive support in silage making, pig feeds supplementation and so much more. The launch was attended by Local Government officials, VEDCO staff and partners and members of the community.
VEDCO in partnership with Network for Civil Society Organisations in Environment & Natural Resources Sector (ENR-CSO Network), Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) with funding from the Government of the Royal Kingdom of Belgium launched a project in Nakaseke district on Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change.
Speaking during the district orientation meeting on 16th/June/2016, VEDCO Coordinator Natural Resource Management Mrs. Rosemary Namutebi Mulumba noted with concern that Uganda is one of the most unprepared and vulnerable countries in the world to climate change and variability impacts. “There is weak adaptation capacity at all levels especially at the community and Local Governments, “she said adding that the six month pilot project will aim at building capacities of District Local Governments, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and private sector towards strengthening stakeholder coordination, and mainstream Climate Change into the Sub county Development Plans in Nakaseke district.
During the meeting, Nakaseke District Speaker Mrs. Nakigudde Divine also noted that climate change policies indeed existed but the enforcement was poor. She welcomed the project’s activities in the district and pledged to offer support where necessary.
Nakaseke Farmer representatives, Media, Local Government officials and NGOs also attended the meeting.