About Our Work
About Our Work
YICE Uganda implements practical regenerative farming activities targeting last mile smallholder female and young refugee farmers in rural Uganda. The goal of our intervention is three fold; to promote food security, to regenerate the biodiversity and achieve climate change adaptation, and improve incomes for smallholder farmers. We carry out a number of community-led activities; such as: Practical farmer training in permaculture and regenerative farming, trainings in water harvesting, production of mobile low cost drip irrigation kit, production of organic fertilizers and mobilizing beneficiaries into savings groups.
Since 2016, intervention has directly benefited 1500 households. The households reached have achieved increased food security being able to have at least two meals per day, increased incomes through sale of farm produces, regenerated soils due to use of organic fertilizers, water harvesting and improved farming practices.
As a result, YICE has received several awards including the Spring Prize award in 2019, 2021 Ashden Regenerative Awards, the 2020 UNDP Climate Smart Challenge and appeared in several blogs and new letters.
How our work is Innovative & its replicability?
YICE Uganda’s regenerative intervention is unique – it provides “bundled services” targeting last mile smallholder female and young farmers who would otherwise be left out of such interventions. The services are bundled because farmers gain practical training in regenerative farming, water harvesting and provided with a mobile drip irrigation kit that prepares them to adapt to climate change. In addition, farmers are mobilized into small groups within which they save and loan to each other. Our intervention is a one stop center where women and young farmers are empowered to conserve their soils, achieve sustainable food security and incomes.
We have evidence that our model can be replicated in other regions and countries. We have already helped groups other groups across different regions in Uganda to replicate our model. For example, in 2019, we trained a group of disabled farmers in Kasese district (Western Uganda) to apply our regenerative farming techniques. The group has already adopted the knowledge and skills learnt and their gardens are looking better. In 2018, we introduced regenerative farming in Kapchorwa, with a community organization working there – the organisation has even obtained funding due to our work. We have also mentored groups from Kenya and Rwanda to introduce our techniques into their activities. We are in the process of documenting all our work steps (creating a Standard Operations Manual) which we believe will be key for replicating our work across Uganda and outside Uganda.