Agro-Forestry: Mango seedling distribution to Small Farmers
Updated: Nov 15, 2019
Our partner, Paul Kyalimpa, recently distributed 100 tommy mango seedlings to small scale farmers among our FAL (Functional Adult Literacy) groups in the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement. The Bududu internally displaced people who were given land to settle on in Kiryandongo, inherited rather barren band with only a few trees, overused soils and conditions which were unfamiliar to them for farming. Most family plots had no trees at all. Alongside the FLA programme Afrinspire has funded an agricultural training programme to improve farming, food yields and give food security to the people. Four farmers (carefully selected0 received 25 mango trees each. Also, it is exciting to see Grace Mabone standing in front of her new raised trenched bed, a newly introduced farming method to improve yields.
The cost of this whole exercise to buy seedlings and transport them to the farms was 500,000 Uganda Shillings, approximately 125 pounds and 10% was a local contribution. Although in this case, only four of the most active families benefitted, the overall FAL programme in Kiryandongo is assisting a whole community of hundreds of families and the place is changing/developing all the time.