Project: Reinforcing family farmer capacity to improve crop storage and reduce food losses in Rwenzori region 

Overview

The South Initiative project targets enhanced food and nutrition security by empowering family farmers in Mpanga Catchment area to be able to reduce avoidable food losses and improve production efficiency. The project aspires to contribute to this goal by increasing awareness about causes, impact and measurement of food losses among family farmers in their systems of production. In addition, appropriate technologies of food storage will be identified and promoted in the Rwenzori region. The project approach was to use the Food Insecurity Experience Scale to determine food and nutrition status of farm households and the Food Loss and waste Protocol to assess food losses among farmer households. To minimize food losses, appropriate technologies of food storage will be identified and promoted through exposure visits, field day events and radio programmes.

Project contribution to developmental change
Enhanced food and nutrition security by empowering small scale farmers in Mpanga Catchment area to reduce avoidable food losses and improve production efficiency

  • Increased awareness among family farmers about causes, impact and measurement of food losses in their systems of production
  • Increased adoption of food storage technologies in the Rwenzori region
  • The Food and Nutrition security situation of family farm households is established
  • Staff trained in food loss identification & assessment based on the “Food Loss & Waste Protocol” approach
  • Food loss identification & assessment in targeted crops is conducted among farmer households
  • Appropriate technologies of storage are identified, compared & documented
  • The appropriate technologies of storage are promoted in the Rwenzori region
  • Conducted baseline survey on food and nutrition security among 320 farmer households in the Rwenzori region
  • Trained resource personnel from MMU, IDP and District Local Government on Food Loss and Waste Protocol
  • Recruited and Trained local data collectors on Food Loss and Waste Protocol
  • Developed Farmer engagement Protocol and Trained 320 farmer households to identify and measure food losses
  • Conducted a food loss inventory in among 320 farmer households in the Rwenzori region
  • Sensitized farmer households in the Rwenzori region on causes of food losses and strategies to minimize food losses
  • 4 low cost food storage technologies (zero energy cooling chamber, low cost maize crib, modern maize crib and pics bags) have been identified and promoted in the Rwenzori region

Project Management

Flemish Promoters:

  1. Prof. Xavier Gellynck, Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium
  2. Dr. Hans De Steur, Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium
  3. Dr.Joshua Wesana, Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium

Local Promoters:

  1. Dr. John Rubaihayo, School of Health Sciences, Mountains of the Moon University, Fort Portal, Uganda
  2. Mr. Denis Onen , Department of Food Technology, Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda

Belgian NGO partners: 

  • Mr. Denis Hees, Iles De Paix (IDP), Fort Portal, Uganda
  • Dr. Francis Jumba , Iles De Paix (IDP), Fort Portal, Uganda