A journey to free a whole community of women, men and children in the Mpigi District (Uganda) from food insecurity and prevent total forest loss in Uganda.
The Mpigi Forest Food initiative is a collaboration between Africa in Motion, Van Hall Lareinstein University of The Netherlands (VHL) and Answerid ( a local partner organization). The initiative has begun with a feasibility study of the concept of a Food Forest. A food forest is is a sustainable land management system that offers production practices that intentionally integrate trees, crops, and/or livestock. The biodiversity, (ecological) resilience and productivity (of biomass) of a food forest are high.
Based on the results of this feasibility study carried out by VHL students, AIM will realise a pilot project. The project aims at reaching food security, climate change mitigation and creation of decent jobs through international cooperation. The Mpigi food forest will contributes to the realization of the following sustainable development goals: SDG 1, SDG 2, SDG 8, SDG 13, SDG 17
- Large scale Investors:
The market research has shown the great commercial potential of the food forest. The estimated start-up costs for the pilot on 30 acres is approximately 100.000 euro.
Your contribution will be crucial for the realization of this project with big social, economic and environmental impact. We are asking for a donation of 10.000 euro.
In return, we offer your company the following advantages:
1.Exposure in Uganda.
Your company’s name will appear on our promotional website and on all promotional material used on the site in Uganda. More important, your company will be named as creator of human and earth well-being!
2. Staff Volunteer initiative.
Your staff residing in East Africa or traveling to Uganda could participate in meaningful activities. Planting trees is a fantastic, hands-on way to involve your company staff in a volunteer activity. It is a fun, meaningful activity and great for team-building.
3. Tax deduction
Due to our ANBI status this amount will be deductible for income tax or corporation tax.
A food forest is completely self-sufficient and climate-proof. Forests are the most productive, self-sustaining, terrestrial ecosystems on Earth. They also require little maintenance once established.
The local context (Uganda)
- In Uganda, climate change can be felt with alternating extreme droughts and excessive rainfall, leading to failed harvests or landslides. Farmers must respond to this with new agricultural techniques and other livelihoods.
- According to the the World Wildlife Fund(WWF), Uganda will be completely without forest cover by 2050 at its current rate of tree loss.
- Food insecurity threatens the population, due to inadequate food production, rural-urban migration of the youth and involvement in quick-money making like burning charcoal
Benefit 1. Food security
The food forest is a unique holistic approach that has all four dimensions of food security framework: Physical Availability of Food, Economic and Physical Access to Food, Food Utilization and Stability of the other three dimensions over time.The malnutrition is a major problem in the concept of food security. The food forest can overcome the issue of malnutrition as well. It contains natural nutrients dense food as compare to agricultural based industrial energy-dense food.
Benefit 2. Climate change mitigation and adaptation
The Food forests create natural ecosystems where the roots of trees help store carbon in the soil and improve nutrient circulation, and where the soil remains covered, which prevents water loss and erosion. With healthy soil as their foundation, food forests require no artificial fertilisation and help decrease CO2 emissions, reducing the effects of climate change.
Benefit 3. International partnership
This project will be implemented in collaboration with Dutch and Ugandan knowledge and research institutions. The project will involve the local communities and farmers.
- Students from the University of applied sciences Van Hall Larenstein will conduct the feasibility study together with students from the Makarere University of Business Sciences.
- The soil clinic PAAT in Kampala will realize the soil analysis
- The foundation Answerid Worldwide will mobilize and engage women farmers from the Mpigi district in Central-Uganda.
Benefit 4. Employment opportunities
Rural youth have a key role to play in the forest sector, given their great capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship. Given the crucial role of women as food producers, the gender gap should be closed through this project that target women and ensure that they have access to productive resources and services.
The project outline is structured like this: