Oxen for sustainable farming

Sustainable agriculture aims to meet current human needs without compromising the long term well-being of the farmer and of the farm. Small-scale farms can be planned carefully to ensure that families have enough food to live on, both now and in the future.

Farms which do not consider sustainability in their planning are at risk of a number of problems:

- Over-farming can deplete land of minerals essential for plant growth, reducing the quantity and quality of later crops.

- ‘Monoculture’ – relying on a single crop - can cause problems through market fluctuations (a particular problem in the current economic climate) or if the crop fails. For example, a 2009 plague of the ‘banana wilt’ disease decimated plantations across Uganda, abruptly plunging farming families from 43 districts into severe poverty.

- Deforestation of huge areas over the last 20 years has led to an urgent need to plant more trees - a critical resource for communities.

 

Paul's Story

Afrinspire supports Paul Kyalimpa, an experienced agriculturalist, in training groups of 25 farmers all over Uganda.

Practical lessons are used to teach sustainable techniques such as:

- Making a raised trench bed to help retain soil fertility and prevent erosion

- Conservation of natural resources and recycling of nutrients

- Business skills such as record-keeping

Afrinspire is encouraging sustainable farming techniques

Problems caused by unsuitable or insufficient planning can be overcome by incorporating sustainable practices into agriculture. Teaching the merits of techniques such as conservation of natural resources, recycling of nutrients and business skills such as record-keeping can help local communities.

Please click here to view our latest fundraising proposal for sustainable agriculture and livestock management.

What you can do

Afrinspire is currently raising funds to train representatives from 20 farming groups in sustainable agricultural practices so that they can pass on this knowledge to 350 farming families.

Visit our donations or fundraising pages to see how you could help