Ukanda Farmers

What does it mean to be Ukanda Ledge farmer?

Becoming a Ukanda Ledge farmer requires that A new entrant farmer into Ukanda Ledge has to have his or her field or plots managed organically., then With the help of our Supervisory and vetting committees, background information is obtained from these farmers, as well as from the local authorities and all necessary documentation is complete.

This enables us to know exactly who grows our precious coffee and as well as also to maintain a special relationship with the family of the Ukanda Ledge farmer.

In cases where the farmer has been in involved in conventional farming, then he or she will spend enjoy 3 years of training and other benefits to his or her farm or plots without having his coffee purchased by the company, but, the coffee will not be purchased by the company during this period. will enjoy training and benefits Additionally, the farmers will have an option of improving his or her livelihood with exception of having to get involved in agriculture projects partnerships with our colleagues, the African Americans of the Ledge Group LLC.

Our brethren in the diaspora and our farmers have the same vision; of collective wealth creation through an investment of capital and resources, respectively. UBUNTU is a Bantu word which means according to the Principle governing this partnership, “That the economic breakthrough is shared; if one man eats, the other ought to eat too.”

The agriculture projects being supervised and audited by the Projects Farm Manager.

Coffee is a seasonal crop, our farmers ought to have different alternate economic ventures opportunities to enhance household incomes as they wait for the cash crop, coffee. Ukanda Ledge has integrated its farmers with these supplemental and alternative crops, like ginger, Irish potatoes, onions, garlic, and watermelon depending on the regions they grow best and also and the capability of our farmers. Our farmers are regionally classified according to altitudes, those above in the range of  1250-1500 meters above sea level are in the “Lower region”, 1500-1800 meters are in the “Middle Region” and above 1800 meters above sea level are defined as “Upper Land Region”. In these regions are different divisions with being governed by an Inspector and Coordinator, and these are overseen by the Regional field officer in the respective region. These divisions include Logoli, Bunatate, Busiya, Bunadyemu, Bumulisha, Zesui, Bukayegere, Buwalasi, Buwasa, Buteza, Gombe, Buyobo and Kaato. All these divisions have provided us with 983 pending approval farmers to Ukanda Ledge family!

These regions have slightly different weather and as well as the soils, so the production of crops will be favoured differently and this is taken care of determined by the concerned committee before a farmer’s uncultivated plot of land is considered. There’s a total of 6 acres of Irish potatoes, 2 acres of ginger, 1 acre of watermelon, 2 acres of garlic, 3 acres of onions and more acreage is pending investment. On these same lands, we recruit labour from the fellow farmers especially those without extra plots of land that aren’t cultivated. We aim at improving the livelihood of our farmers in all ways available with those who partner with us. Through this great initiative we’ve we have been able to employ 56 farmers, and 24 landowners being had already partnered and we’ve we have a target of passing this to all 250 of our farmers.

The Other crops that will be tested by our diligent and hardworking farmers are moringa seeds, quinoa seeds, bamboo seeds and Nigella sativa (black cumin) so that we determine which regions do best and so the farmers in that region will seize that opportunity.

Human capital is a vital contributor to economic growth in communities, hence improve of household income.

These same communities are required to build huge labor markets to accommodate mature adults already employed and younger adults beginning their careers, as well as an exponentially growing youth population.

Rural communities, like the majority of the Bamasaaba coffee growing regions, are agriculturally based with Arabica coffee as a seasonal cash crop; there’s great interest in cultivating co-cash crops or sub-cash crops so as to increase the Human Capital Index(HCI) and, more important, to eradicate poverty. The HCI is defined as the amount of human capital that a child born today can expect to achieve in view of the risks of poor health and poor education currently prevailing in the country where that child lives.

Through investments made by Ledge Group LLC memebers, Ukanda Ledge farmers continue to integrate coffee with sub-cash crops which are selected  depending to the altitude, type of soils and the weather. This has become pivotal in improving lives and enabling lives and loan-free coffee farming families because of continuous harvests from a variety of crops throughout the year.

However, we still other challenges, which contribute to questions like. With 3% annual increase in Uganda’s population defragmentation, which Bagisu are no prisoners, can we translate this increment, directly or proportionally, to harvest quality? How can we encourage household agricultural investment, or rather, how can a farmer be empowered to increase investments to become a commercial farmers? Since, we rely on rain-fed subsistence agriculture, are there ways for farmers to overcome risks from adverse weather.

Conference

Ukanda Ledge organized and hosted the first conference meeting for partners and their guests. The conference was called “UBUNTU, The Legends and African Natives” and was held on April 23rd 2019. In attendance were Peter Brown, President and Founder of the Ledge Group LLC and Co-founderof the Ledge Group LLC and Public Relations and Marketing Manager.

Peter Brown:

What Ledge Group LLC is? What the Ledge Group intend to in Partnership with farmers through Ukanda Ledge Ltd. Why the relationships between Africans on the continent and in diaspora are important. The American Markets on coffee and other produce. Investment partnerships and how they’ll mutually transform.

Daniel Magomu William:

Ameliorate of investment capital for agricultural projects, Increase coffee bean production through implementing lessons from proper organic farming trainings and following Internal Control Systems, Saving of money in the company’s saving scheme, Introduction of Ledge premium price (it’s a negotiated price (10-15% for the increment rise of coffee selling price than the usual) as a result of sudden increase of coffee prices at the world market which will be shared between the farmer and Ledge Group LLC. Pre and Post-harvest handing of coffee per farmer to be enhanced and evaluated in order to produce Specialty coffee. Having a certified coffee nursery bed so that we can control the chain of production. Record keeping to be emphasized to help in traceability and maintain quality of the coffee using the “Grower’s record booklet.” Growing of Specialty Organic Arabica Coffee and ensuring Production Consistence of Quality.

Lisa Finklea:

Enhancing education and practical knowledge within the children of the farmers. How important it’s for America children to learn farming. Writing coffee articles.

Operational Manager: Certification by adding standards of Organic and Fair Trade. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y4C0mpp0eE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIwW7GoLtL0&t=8s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ez3pwazdFZU&t=16s. Journey of Bugisu Arabica coffee. Management and auditing of processes from planting the seedling to the cup. Soil management and manure compositing. Pre and Post-harvest handling management of the quality of coffee. Contract and registration of farmers. Ecosystem and human health management. Organic Farming of coffee and other agricultural produce.

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