UGANDA: Unexpected changes in climate mean that nowadays drought. Adapting and evolving traditional farming needs effort from everyone but youth
fear to embrace it as they always want white-collar jobs. One farmer decided to show the way, exploring sustainable techniques himself to show what is possible.
Ingeniously using the output of one element to cycle to the other, diary rearing helps biogas production which gives energy for cooking and lighting, as well as manure, which goes to the fields together for mulching. Pigs and poultry combine to use nutrients effectively.
A demonstration garden of two acres running for three years shows how once very poor sandy land has gained its fertility, rendering stubborn weeds called striga(ssp) dormant, that affect the growth of cereals. Before mulching, maize production was 600kg, but three years on one acre produces 3,500kg of maize grain and it is planted twice a year.
The project we call ZABU farm demonstrates the difference one person can make.