The West Nile Agriculture Improvement and Conservation Project (WENAGIC Project), is a 2-year pilot project funded that seeks to reduce extreme poverty among smallholder farmers in West Nile, Uganda through the Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) as a platform for improved agricultural productivity, income diversification and environmental conservation. The project goal is, “To support a sustainable and equitable food and income security of 450 smallholder farmer households (with 3,150 people) in Yumbe district, Uganda.” The specific objectives include: (i) To increase smallholder farmers’ agricultural production and productivity by 85%; (ii) To improve the dietary intake of locally available foods in a gender sensitive manner; (iii) To support smallholder farmers to diversify their livelihood activities; and (iv) To build the capacity of smallholder farmer groups into viable village development groups able to meet their member’s needs.
Project Budget: US$ 92,000
Donor: Sall Family Foundation
"Before joining AFARD programme he tried all sorts of work including migrating to Kampala city without any success. After the business management skills training he identified farming as business solution to his poverty. By taking group loan he invested in cassava production and value addition. I have never looked back, he notes. I earn UGX 10 million a year and has been able after 10 years of failed marriage responsibility to send his children to private schools and build a permanent house with solar light."