How our work is Innovative and 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.