Sustainable Nutrition through vegetable gardening
Uganda – West Nile Sub-region
This year, JAM is taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign. We’re hoping to raise £70,000 for our Sustainable Nutrition through a vegetable gardening project in Uganda.
The Big Give Christmas Challenge launches on #GivingTuesday and brings together hundreds of charities in one high profile campaign to raise millions of pounds for charity. The Christmas Challenge gives us the chance to double your donations as you raise vital funds for JAM’s work. You can find more details of the Christmas Challenge on theBigGive.org.uk.
With the funds raised JAM will provide training and capacity building to 700 refugee and 300 host community households in Northern Uganda’s West Nile Sub-region to reduce reliance on food-aid and improve resilience to climate shocks offering sustainable livelihoods to improve nutrition and health. The project will be at Lobule, Imvepi and Rhino Refugee Settlements.
What are we trying to solve?
95% of Uganda’s refugee settlement population engage in crop production for personal consumption despite low productivity and post-harvest losses. Many depend on food aid (eg. 92% of Imvepi settlement). Food rations were reduced in 2019 by 30% wholly inadequate to meet the nutritional needs of babies and children <5 years. Movement restrictions are enforced in settlements to avoid the spreading of the COVID19 virus, causing widespread food crises.
How will we solve it?
JAM will collaborate with nutrition and key actors (eg. IRC) to identify vulnerable beneficiaries. For 6 months, JAM will engage communities and support learning through a demonstration garden to share learning, skills and grow foods. The garden will promote key messages, raise awareness of climate change and include and empower all vulnerable groups. On completion, JAM will hand over the demonstration garden to community leaders and local district departments to champion the initiatives.
What are we aiming to achieve with the funds raised?
To improve the nutrition and health of vulnerable woman and children through increased access to and the intake of micronutrient-rich vegetables to reduce reliance on food aid. Household livelihood strategies are strengthened to support self-reliance through livelihood diversification, market-driven opportunities and capacity building to scale up activities profitably. Livelihood support to complement basic household food needs and ensure greater consumption of nutrients sustainably. Grow resilient climate-smart vegetables without pesticide use.
What will be the impact of our work?
50% of target households are anticipated to demonstrate increased household income by the end of the project. 50% of target households to consume fresh vegetable regularly as part of their dietary diversity. The project will also contribute to environmental protection through the implementation of vegetable production techniques and innovations that promote diversification, soil and water conservation and effective land utilization. Visit our Community Agriculture page for more info about the programme.
This is your chance to double your donations to JAM via theBigGive on #GivingTuesday!
The Big Give is gearing up to this year’s Christmas Challenge which kicks off on #GivingTuesday! In the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, supporters can have their donations to JAM doubled!
The Christmas Challenge launches at midday on 1 December and runs for just seven days until 8 December 2020.
Campaign opens soon!
If you completed the pledge form your pledge will be used to double donations made to the charity during the campaign. As a Pledger, you cannot donate to the same charity during the live campaign and any donation will be counted as the fulfilment of your pledge. The timeline for fulfilling the pledge (i.e. transferring the funds to us) is 9th December 2020 –15th January 2020.
Teach one person to garden and the whole community eats.
Have you ever planted and grown your own vegetables?
JAM’s agricultural programming is critical in aiding rural communities to feed themselves and ultimately, in providing a way out of abject poverty. Visit our Community Agriculture page for more info.
JAM Uganda appointed lead livelihood partner at Imvepi Refugee Settlement
a Joint evaluation headed by UNHCR and the Office of the Prime Minister of Uganda, who is directly responsible for the department of refugee affairs, was recently conducted where JAM Uganda was appointed as the lead livelihood partner in the Imvepi refugee settlement.
This appointment enables JAM’s team on the ground to continue implementation of initiatives that will increase food security and enable
sustainable livelihoods for refugees.
JAM Uganda’s food security and livelihoods team are led by George Lukayi, a senior agronomist at Imvepi. Through this initiative, JAM Uganda has already provided 153,000 meals to 5,100 beneficiaries. George’s experience in integrated farming techniques has also assisted 1,375 individuals with the establishment and maintenance of nutrition gardens, ensuring a lifeline for these refugees. This team’s teachings have resulted in persons of concern (POC’s) as they are known in the camp, being able to sustain themselves even in lean or dry seasons. Young pregnant and lactating women are taught what is best to plant and consume, for increased production of breast milk, providing further nutritional value to infants as well. Making use of all vegetable waste from the kitchen has developed into what is known as a kitchen garden where every item of waste is utilised in the gardening process. Wastewater is filtered into the garden and the acidity neutralised with ash, whilst manure droppings from
the poultry unit next to the kitchen is utilised to enrich the compost.
When asked about the success of this project, George had the following to say, “Teaching farming techniques to young women is providing them with an income because they sell their produce. With this income, they can pay for their children’s school fees and even buy shoes
and clothing as well.”
Please make a pledge today to support our vegetable gardens for refugees in Uganda.