...that we see as opportunities:
Understanding the Problems...
Agriculture is one of Uganda's greatest assets that is grossly under supported in most rural communities where poverty is at its worst. This is due to lack of access to quality resources, proper knowledge and limited understanding of business practices to be sustainable.
The Boon Project believes that with a focus on improving even the most basic farming practices we can make a change, however, we want profound change at an accelerated pace that improves the quality of lives forever.
Focusing on improving production of their greatest asset with an emphasis on increasing local consumption through by-product development, will provide more household income, more entrepreneurial and business opportunities locally, more jobs and further develop their economy. In turn, creating more access to food, funding health care, implementing clean water systems, evolving children's education and even more, eliminating the statistic of Ugandans falling back into poverty.
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Since the 1970's, about 70% of Ugandans have made less than $2.50 per day.
Yet, they produce and export earning $1.73 billion in revenue over the last three years. Clearly there is a discrepancy in fair trade.
The Boon Project will not only work on local consumption, but also advocate for fair trade.
Women work 15 hour days tending fields, home and children without pay. Men work 6-8 hours which just includes taking the harvest to the markets to sell. Women never receive income from the sales of the harvest.
Did you know women bring more value to the agriculture supply chain?
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400,000 graduates enter the labor market each year but only 80,000 get employed.
The Boon Project wants to help engage and motivated the upcoming generation with advanced farming techniques, new agricultural crops and support the creation of new business opportunities.
Uganda has a population of over 45 Million people with 70% of this population earning their income from agriculture.
This is where The Boon Project see's challenges, because they have remained at making only 2.50 per day since the 1970's. But is is also an opportunity to support their mission to improve agricultural production, food security and reduce poverty. They have the land, its fertile and human resources. The perfect storm for a boon.
50% of children are malnourished due to lack of access to food.
Food they do have access to is limited to maize, beans and potatoes.
Increasing agricultural production not only creates jobs, but The Boon Project also wants to introduce more food varietys in their communities providing more nutrition to their diets.
Uganda is home to almost 50% of East Africa's arable land. It is estimated that Uganda's arable land could produce enough food to feed 200 Million People.
Why are they starving?
This is due to poor production and quality of harvests, a goal The Boon Project will fix through investing in education and quality resources to help these communities capitalize on their great asset, their land.
Domestic coffee consumption is low in Uganda and consumed by about 3% of the national population. This is due to low purchasing power and the need to sell their coffee for household income.
The Boon Project will work to develop their palates for coffee increasing local consumption to contribute to economic growth. We will do this through teaching roasting to develop their own brands, barista skills and help them start coffee houses.
Only about 35% of Uganda's incredibly fertile soil (due to it surrounding Lake Victoria) is farmed today. Did we mention opportunities?! Boon!
The Boon Project aims to increase production improving the household income of 35,000 households.
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22% of Uganda households consume on average 1 meal per day.
Lack of access to quality seeds, nor government support to educate on proper farming techniques has left many farming households unable to increase food production. When you add a pandemic that number increases significantly.
Region: Bugiri, Eastern Uganda
Village Scope: 299 Villages
Households in Scope: 40,000
Agricultural Focus: Coffee, Hemp,
Cocoa, Mushrooms, Peppers, Citrus
Livestock (Chicken, Goat, Cow, Fish and Pig)
Business Development: Coffee Roasting, Barista, Coffee Houses and Internet Cafes
Innovation Initiatives: Coffee By-Product (fertilizer, fuel, flour, nutritional supplements, etc.), Hemp Products (textiles, hygiene, nutrition, medicine, building materials, etc.)
"We believe that with the proper education, access to the right resources, and helping the destitute know their self-worth, "boon" economies can be created and poverty can be eliminated."
- Natosha Wallace, Founder of The Boon Project