MONITORING PROGRESS AND FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: AGAGO DISTRICT
The Learnings and Reflection Workshop held the 14th – 15th June 2023 in Agago district, Uganda served as a crucial platform to assess the progress of the Uganda Youth Livelihood project in the sub-counties of WOL, GEREGERE, ADILANG, and KOTOMOR. The primary objective was to ensure that the project's advancements lead to sustainable growth and bring about positive change for the project beneficiaries. With a focus on Village Savings and Loan Associations, where 70 percent of the participants are female, the project's timelines are intricately tied to pre-season planting, planting, and post-harvest activities. This approach enables the provision of business development support to facilitate the establishment of thriving and self-sustaining ventures.
The overarching goal of the project is to address food security challenges while also providing financial opportunities through the cultivation of three value chains: Cassava (a long-term growth food and cash crop), sunflower, and soybeans. HIVE COLAB, a key partner in this initiative, has been instrumental in providing crucial business development support. Their involvement has led to significant growth and acceleration of businesses initiated by the 2365 youth farmers involved in the project.
The impact of HIVE COLAB's assistance can be measured by the increased earnings of the youth farmers, as determined by the poverty prediction index. Through tailored support and guidance, the project has empowered the young farmers to optimize their agricultural activities, develop sustainable business models, and generate higher incomes. This holistic approach not only addresses immediate food security needs but also enhances the overall economic prospects of the community.
The Learnings and Reflection Workshop served as a valuable opportunity to evaluate the project's progress, identify areas of improvement, and strategize for future success. With the commitment of HIVE COLAB and the dedication of the project beneficiaries, this initiative has the potential to create a lasting and positive impact on the lives of the youth farmers in Agago district, ultimately contributing to the region's sustainable development and prosperity. This follows the training held on the 6th - 7th March 2023 and the follow-up workshop on the 24th April 2023 marking important milestones in monitoring the progress of the Uganda Youth Livelihood project in Agago district.