Agriculture: Enhancing Food Security and Livelihoods
Everyone should know where their next meal is coming from.
By providing technical resources, support and training for small-scale farmers, we’re helping communities address food insecurity and ensuring that more people sit down to dinner.
Addressing hunger and poverty on a global scale requires sound, community-based work aligned with a long-term commitment to achieving self-reliance and the support of committed partners.
It’s a group effort!
Fish Farming Nets Benefits and Dinner in Uganda
In Uganda, we’re teaming up to create fish ponds and a better future for communities.
The people of Omorio, like 80 percent of Uganda’s population, live in rural areas and are dependent on rain-fed agriculture. This dependency, coupled with a changing climate, brings with it unpredictable events such as drought and erratic rainfall making branching out beyond traditional agricultural crops a solid investment. And, they’re betting on fish.
Supported by the technical expertise of the EWB-USA Fordham University chapter and our Ugandan partner, the Serere Local Fish Farming Initiative (SELOCOFFI), families throughout the region are now farming fish. 2018 saw the creation of the first of four ponds and a breeding center planned for the region while 2019 saw the first harvest. Families are now taking their harvest to the market and to their tables.
“These ponds are going to have a life-changing impact on families.” Vanessa Gutierrez, EWB-USA volunteer and Fordham’s co-president, 2018.
Coffee Brews Hope in Nicaragua
In Nicaragua we are helping farmers break the cycle of poverty by improving their agricultural practices. In collaboration with 138 families, EWB-USA worked with Tierra Nueva to design and build a coffee processing facility and wastewater treatment system better positioning these farmers to earn more from their coffee production.
With the new processing facility, the community can now bring coffee beans as opposed to berries to market — an important distinction since beans generate a higher price. The facility also makes it possible and easier for families to efficiently depulp, ferment, wash and dry their own coffee. Dried beans can be sorted by quality and size, allowing farmers to sell their best beams for a premium.
Our work on the water treatment system means that the highly acidic wastewater from the processing facility has a place to be neutralized and then safety re-released into local water sources. It’s a win we can all lift a mug to!