Train People to Sustain Themselves

Success stories

Environment Conservation and Animal Nutrition

Community members participate in planting forage

Owing to climate change, increasing demand for livestock products such as milk, meat and by products like hides, skins and manure, dairy farmers in the cattle corridor districts with limited grazing land are being sensitized and trained in rangeland rehabilitation.

National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), identified and selected Dream Farm Kyakabunga Group with experience in quality pasture seed production, multiplication, conservation and utilization to host farmer field school and established forage demonstration garden to train dairy farmers in the cattle corridor Kiruhura District and to replace unpalatable natural pastures and invisible weeds with over sowing, boost fodder availability such as napier, lablab, chloris Guyana and multipurpose trees to reduce grazing pressure as well as environment conservation.

Improved Farming Systems for Persons with disabilities

Children with disabilities recieve food stuff

Having been supported by Miva oneMen through Katalemwa Home for Rehabilitation Services with two brand new YAMAHA DT 125 motorcycles for outreach activities for children with disabilities, DFK  staff were able to conduct community sensitization exercise, house to house baseline survey among families for persons with disabilities, Board appointed additional extension staff in charge of nutrition awareness.  Hands on training for food security in sustainable farming systems and agro enterprise development were held at households for target beneficiaries to improve skills of farming for caretakers of children with disabilities to be able give proper diet to children with disabilities.

Sustainable farming practices led to improved household productivity by 25% hence making target beneficiaries food secure with enhanced knowledge in nutrition, income levels among benefiting participants increased by 20% owing to surplus home production. Beneficiaries gained skills to initiate agro income generating enterprises at household level. Motorcycles are used for group trainings, extension, monitoring and at times for transporting persons with disabilities to and from training venues as well as administrative work, this has increased staff access to rural remote communities in a timely manner and efficient in their work because of convenience.

Capacity Building

Training target Group
Garden inspection
Improved pasture demo garden
DFK stall with different animal feeds on World Food Day

Capacity building training aimed at enhancing institutional development of Dream Farm Kyakabunga Group in community participatory approaches and strengthening internal management structures. This was done by reaching out to 20 vulnerable women headed households organized in one group through agro-ecological farming trainings to sustainably produce sufficient family food for improved nutrition. The community outreach program helped beneficiaries to improve their livelihood but DFK also had an opportunity to strengthen capacities in project management and involvement of communities in decision making and participation.

The overall goal of this initiative was to build the professional and project capacity of DFK in non- governmental organization (NGO) management, priority areas included Institutional Development, Project Management, Community participation and decision- making. Two year consultative intervention and trainings were facilitated by St. Jude family projects with support from Quaker Service Australia (QSA) which strengthened DFK institutional development and was conducted at different venues such as at the NGO premises and in the neighborhoods as part of DFK understanding community participatory approaches.

 There was 25% increase in food crop and land productivity, maize yields increased by 25%, beans 30% vegetables and fruits by 20%, gardens under sustainable farming practices increased all the twenty women headed families managed two nutritious food serving per day from one uncertain meal.  Soil conservation and agro forestry expanded with more composting and few tree planting. Average monthly income reached Shs 90,000 among 43% of the participants from Shs 50,000, as a result of selling crops grown.

Board selected and appointed a volunteer part time health officer as part of strengthening NGO capacity for project implementation.Beneficiaries were sensitized and trained to follow Standard Operating Procedures for COVID-19 guidelines by a new health officer as well as community sanitation and hygiene. This improved feeding on balanced diet and care for people with disabilities especially children by their caretakers.


Water harvesting

Community members and cattle can enjoy clean harvested water

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.

Water harvesting

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

NARO Team share ideas with Dream Farm members
Executive Director of Dream Farm presenting their success story

NARO team led by Doctor Jolly Kabirizi (PhD) and Doctor Juluis Mukarazi came to Kiruhura to monitor and evaluate project activities since NARO and Dream Farm Kyakabunga Group started partnership to implement Climate Smart Agricultural Research and Eastern Africa Agricultural Productivity Project (EAAPP) Technologies respectively. Dream Farm leadership and members appreciated NARO’s selection, hands on training in Climate Change Adaptation Innovations and support to start demonstration gardens for improved cassava NASE 14 for food security and pasture  multiplication Chloris Guyana for animal nutrition, both have provided food for households and livestock in dry range land cattle corridor during food crisis and scarcity of pasture.

In his presentation the Executive Director said group members have gained income from Hay, pasture seeds and cassava sales which assisted them to paddock and fence their farms, construct Hay stores and NGO office. NARO team thanked Dream Farm Kyakabunga Group for the good work done since the partnership started, they challenged members to work hard, be innovative to utilize small pieces of land productively, work as a team, consult where necessary and pledged to continue working together.

Research Students Tour Dream Farm

Guided tour on experimental Gardens for pasture
Students examine pasture seeds

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

Groups presenting at the training
Group photo

Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD), organized training at Generation Suites Mbarara about marketing and record keeping for its partners involved in quality Local Seed Business (LSBs.) Topics covered included:- Marketing strategies with four principles known as “The 4P’s that is Price, Product, Place and Promotion for income generation

Market research its main purpose is to increase and understand four areas that is Availability, Affordability, Accessibility and Awareness. Farmer groups, Community Based Organizations, Non Governmental Organizations, Co-operatives and Seed Companies presented their products and findings in promoting Local Seed Business. ISSD had previously sponsored seed sampling and testing with Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) for all its partner groups multiplying quality Local Seed Business.


NARO/NAADS Review Planning Meeting

Farmers’s platforms: Combined efforts and knowledge to enhance house hold income to combat poverty and improve house hold income.

23-24th June 2014, during Joint Annual NARO/NAADS and Stakeholders Review and planning meeting our organization presented a paper and shared success story in Food Security and Animal Nutrition

Sustainability of LRDP Pasture Gardens

visitors examine pasture improvement

Nshunga Mixed Farm and Dream Farm established pasture gardens early January 2015, which increased Hay and quality pasture seeds that was rare, this assisted fellow farmers in the same locality to acquire knowledge on pasture multiplication, conservation utilization and constant cattle feeds, milk production for lactating cows increased from 5 to 15 litres per day source of income for households, due to soil cover there is improvement in environment conservation this reduces bare grounds and soil erosion.

Lean Farming Denmark Visits Dream Farm

Susanne Pejstrap CEO Management Consultant Lean Farming and Capt LB Bush.

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.

ISSD Demonstrating quality pasture and legume planting at Naome’s Farm Nyakahita

On 2nd July 2015, due to exemplary performance in pasture and cassava multiplication in the cattle corridor of Kiruhura District, MBAZARDI director recommended our group to partner with Integrated Seed Sector Development in Quality seed production and group profiling for seed production meeting was held at Dream Farm, and we have established two demonstration pasture gardens.

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.

LRDP & Operation Wealth Creation Acknowledge Dream Farm

During Monitoring and Evaluation of Government support to Veterans and Farmers in Western Region by Luwero Rwenzori Development Plan (LRDP), and Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), review meetings were held at Kanyaryeru Sub County main Hall to discuss with stakeholders.

Meeting with the World Bank Review Implementation Mission at Farway Hotel

On 11th August 2014, Dream Farm Kyakabunga Group was selected by EAAPP to make a presentation during the meeting with the World Bank Review Implementation Mission at Fairway Hotel. Our presentation covered: Animal Nutrition in Cattle Corridor Districts of Uganda and the team later visited Dream Farm Demonstration Gardens to determine way forward

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