WGEF has invested in building the capacity of women farmers in Northern Uganda providing them access to financial, technical resources and advisory services to enable them tap into the many available and profitable opportunities in the agricultural value chain. We are proud of the outcomes; we have reached 2,122 women belonging to 98 groups. These women have been equipped with entrepreneurship and business management skills that form a foundation for building sustainable businesses. As a result, incomes of the women have increased by about 80% since the start of the program; savings have increased by 84.5% and women’s groups have been linked to market off-takers, agro-input dealers and financial institutions. The groups have also witnessed an increased positive attitude towards the women’s role in family and business. Local leadership relations have also improved and WGEF’s women farmers have adopted environmentally friendly farming practices.
Majority of women farmer’s supported by WGEF have shifted their attention from subsistence agriculture to agro business ;many now own large farms individually or in a group, creating employment, local and vibrant food economies, expanding markets into neighboring countries, and helping to reduce scarcity and hunger.
My transition in farming has brought hope and determination I used to grow food crops for subsistence mainly to feed my family and sell a few kilograms that would remain and that had kept me and my family in a cycle of poverty we were always lucking in every aspect of our life, when I started growing rice on large scale I became a serious business woman employing 16 people on my 23 acar farm these include men, I received WGEF agro loan and I used it to acquire a rice sorting machine so that I add value and maximize my profit. Now I have the capacity to produce 26,000kgs every season I’m determined to be the biggest supplier of rice in my area with in 3years.
WGEF recognizes the crucial role played by women in agriculture in across East Africa. Our investment in empowering women farmers has transformative and sustainable impacts across the different levels of social and economic structures enhancing the lives of women, children and communities.
We believe the path to human dignity and well being runs thru systemic change, and social and economic justice.