Access to water is the most basic of necessities for human beings and their domestic animals, and it is the first priority for any farmer’s planning in the Savannah dry range land in the South-Western Agro Ecological Zone.
With the increasing periods of drought and longer dry spells in our changing climate come implications for environmental conservation, water storage and utilization, household food security and livestock fodder production that we must heed.
Dream Farm Kyakabunga Group members, community members and project beneficiaries celebrated their partnership with Quaker Service Australia (QSA) with the excavation of a valley dam that now provides our community with an essential reserve of water close by that can be stored for long periods.
The goal of Quaker Service Australia’s International work is to assist the communities in the countries where they work to achieve a greater quality of life through improved food security and access to water, poverty alleviation and local capacity building.
Over 2017, Dream Farm and QSA are working together to enhance environmental conservation through a project focusing on water harvesting, crop and livestock production in Kiruhura District in south-western Uganda. This project aims to increase the number of farmers practicing conservation farming techniques, and partners agreed to start implementation by excavating to create the Community Dam which is now filled with clean rain water and providing enhanced water supply to 300 households in the area.
Benefits of having a Community Water Dam
Safe water supply for households and livestock
Community members will not need to travel so far to fetch water
Agro-forestry: this water will be used to irrigate nursery beds for newly planted tree.
Water harvesting will encourage pasture production and help to maintain livestock from starvation or death during droughts.
Expected flow-on effects
mproved nutrition and feed for livestock by irrigating pasture, legume and fodder tree gardens, resulting in healthier and more fertile animals.
Increased crop yields, milk and meat production for community beneficiaries hence reduction in poverty levels and greater food security
Environment conservation will be improved due to sufficient water for tree planting, pasture multiplication and intercropping.
Other Dream Farm initiatives
Through zero grazing and energy-saving technologies, animal wastes such as cow dung will be made available for biogas production. This will reduce communities’ dependence on wood fuel, thus reducing their encroachment Lake Mburo National Park and protected wild life areas.
The by-products of biogas production such as bio slurry will be used as soil amendments for soil fertility improvement thus improving crop yields, again reducing encroachment into the national park and forest reserves.
Bijubwe Primary School Leads
In 2016 Bijubwe Primary School committees, parents and teachers accepted to partner with Dream Farm Kyakabunga Group. DFK organized and facilitated trainings for all school stakeholders, teachers and students, the benefits of utilizing, turning desert, dusty school compound into productive gardens to feed students, teachers and for community members to learn from and enroll at their households.
Gardens were designed, fenced and planted with various crops and vegetable species, well managed, this improved micro climate, minimized dust and erosion, increased fresh fruits and vegetables for consumption, increased crop harvests which reduced expenses on food budget and improved nutrition for both students and teachers.
When we created a food forest, on a school land, children got practical skills and learnt to care for their environment. Above all, children from hunger stricken families got a meal at school which motivated them to stay longer at school, increased daily attendance and performance.
During Kiruhura District Education department monitoring and evaluation exercise, the team recommended the school as a model school in Nyakashashara sub county, students warn 2018 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) average in Kiruhura District with DIV-1, 18 students, DIV-2, 22 students and DIV-3, I student
Mandala Garden & handing over Barbed Wires to school management committees
Students gap filling gardens in the school compound and applying organic manure
Space utilization for crop production along school buildings
NARO Team Document Success Story
Research Students Tour Dream Farm
A group of master students led by Marion Jancovici from AgroParisTech, Agronomic School in France on research sponsored by Harveez an independent association to discover Sustainable and fair Agricultural models visited Dream Farm, the management hosted the group at the farm, briefed them about the NGO work in South Western Agro Ecological Zone dry range land cattle corridor especially in the dairy sector and working with marginalized communities and schools to improve their livelihoods.
Research students toured the farm projects that are appropriate for Climate Change Adaptation Innovations for food security, income generation, human and animal nutrition and environmental conservation. The group appreciated the role of Dream Farm Kyakabunga Group as they toured different project sites.
Quality Local Seed Business
NARO/NAADS Review Planning Meeting
Sustainability of LRDP Pasture Gardens
Lean Farming Denmark Visits Dream Farm
Hon Col (Rtd) Fred Mwesigye Member of Parliament for Nyabushozi County led a delegation from Denmark headed by Susanne Pejstrap CEO Management Consultant, Titus Kasujja and Capt LB Bush.
ISSD Partners with Dream Farm-Kyakabunga Group.
DDA and AFD-Paris France on Dairy Mission in the Region
Regional Manager- Mbarara, Dairy Development Authority Mr Aikiriza Steven led a team from Paris France, Agriculture, Rural Development, Biodiversity Sustainable Development Department on a learning visit in Uganda and their aim was to know challenges faced by Dairy Farmers in the Cattle Corridor particularly Water for Production.
FAO & NARO Co-operation Project
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) teams led by Doctor Joseph Ruhinda Kagoro from Mbarara Zonal Agricultural Research Development Institute (MBAZARDI) and Mr Charles Owach Assistant FAO Representative, with officials from Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Mr Gao Shilin Director –level Consultant Division of International Co-operation P.R China toured Dream Farm Projects.