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Adjumani Residents Embrace Communal Farming to Promote Food Security :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Adjumani Residents Embrace Communal Farming to Promote Food Security

Residents in the area recently donated more than 1,500 acres of their idle land to implement the idea which had earlier been suggested by Local Government Minister Raphael Magezi last year to fight hunger.
A woman plants cassava cuttings on one of the donated land in Latodo Village in Dzaipi Subcounty, Adjumani District Over the weekend.

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Host communities in the two sub-counties of Dzaipi and Ukusijoni in Adjumani District have embraced communal farming in a bid to promote food security.     

Residents in the area recently donated more than 1,500 acres of their idle land to implement the idea which had earlier been suggested by Local Government Minister Raphael Magezi last year to fight hunger.

The move followed concerns raised by local leaders on the growing cases of stunting in children and food shortages in the two sub-counties due to the underutilization of their land for crop production.

Anthony Kinyera, is one of the landlords in Latodo village, Dzaipi Sub-county who recently embraced the idea to donate his 64 acres piece of land for other community members to communally grow crops.

Kinyera says he first got the idea early this year and felt it worth donating the land since he wasn’t able to utilize it due to financial difficulties. He believes through communal farming, his family and other locals who were not able to conduct large-scale farming will afford to grow varieties of crops for home consumption and sales. 

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Translation “… I and my family wouldn’t have been able to open this land, pastoralists had been destroying my land but now that I have donated it for development, it would stop them from further destroying it. I had problems with them and at some points, they even want to beat me, now that I have been helped, it will stop such, at least it will be used for growing food that will help the community,” He says

Through the arrangement, 20 acres of Kinyera’s land have since been opened out of which he will solely use two for crop growing while the rest of the land, 13 acres will be shared by the host communities and five acres for refugees.

Emmanuel Mamawi, another landlord and LCI Chairperson of Jurumi East Village also in Dzaipi Sub-county says the food shortage in the village prompted them to donate the land to boost food security.

Mamawi says they have donated more than 100 acres through the consent of clan heads in his village for the implementation of the project. Under their clan, 13 farmer groups comprising 30 people will participate in community farming according to Mamawi which he says will be a boost to food security.

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Through the Right2Grow project, currently being implemented in the area by Action Against Hunger (ACF) the community members are expected to get financial support for opening their farmlands and acquiring seeds.

Mariam Akiror, the Advocacy, and Communications Coordinator at Action Against Hunger (ACF) say that the initiative will benefit both the host communities and refugees.

Akiror says the idea is aimed at seeing both host and refugees grow nutritious foods to fight stunting in children while the surplus is sold for socio-economic development.

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According to Akiror, some 1,620 farmers have already been mobilized in groups to benefit from communal farming initiatives. She notes that the farmers will be supported with nutritious bio-fortified seeds, orange flesh sweet potato vines, and cassava cuttings.

James Ondoga, the LCIII Chairperson Dzaipi Sub-county welcomed the move saying it is timely in addressing the food crisis that had already culminated in stunted growth among children under five years. He says food shortages remain a key challenge for locals in the area due to the high population of South Sudan Refugees who share few resources with locals.

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Dazaipi Sub-county alone host some 99,601 refugees mostly from South Sudan against the population of the host community which stands at 22,215.