Why Adina Farm & Agricultural Training Center

In Uganda, agriculture employs approximately 68 percent of the population. The combination of fertile soil, sun, and decent water supply make it perfect for food production, yet hunger and malnutrition is a major problem in the country.

Food, health, and education are closely linked. Having sufficient and nutritious food is a prerequisite for good health and the ability to learn. That is why The Adina Foundation focuses on health, education, and food – we believe these are fundamental rights in a society. Most of Uganda’s poor and hungry live in rural areas and are working in agriculture.

Uganda is like many other parts of the world seeing climate changes. Climate changes that have led to altered weather patterns, more powerful extreme weather, and a general change to the way the seasons function. The structures no longer function like before, and people in agriculture can no longer trust that the knowledge of the earth that has been passed from generation to generation still applies. Adaptation to accommodate the climate changes involves both reducing vulnerability, and to prepare for special threats such as droughts or floods.

The Adina Foundation is supporting a project in collaboration with the University of Bergen. The project is working on improving weather forecasting, and extreme weather prediction in East Africa.

The Adina Farm serves as both a model and a training center for small-scale farming in northern Uganda. We help small farmers to adapt to a climate in change, where extreme weather and a new pattern of rain and drought must be taken into consideration. This new knowledge will lay the foundation for a more efficient and specialized production, a wider range of food in the region, and the development of refining and storage methods in order to sell goods also off season. We want to promote work built on a cooperative mindset, and encourage cooperation in groups.

The first theoretical and practical courses were held in 2015 in the areas surrounding our own farm. The courses run for several days and have different themes such as animal health, hygienic slaughtering, irrigation techniques, refining and marketing.

The farmers in the area have traditionally had to expect to lose at least one third of an animal herd on account of diseases, but these are diseases that can often be prevented with more knowledge about animal health and hygienic slaughter. We put special focus on the African Swine Fever which has been devastating for farmers throughout East Africa.

In addition to having pigs, our farm produces several kinds of vegetables and fruit for sale, and we run our own mill in order to produce animal feed. The mill is also used to produce corn flour, which is then sold at the market. The purpose of the farm is to impart knowledge, but any profit from the operations of the Adina farm will be put to good use in the Lira Rehabilitation Centre - and secure good and nutritious food for the children there.

The Adina Farm wants to promote gender equality in agriculture. Women are the backbone of agriculture in Uganda, but they are often pulling double shifts, working both in the home and on the farm. Most women are malnourished, and women play a central role in the work towards improving child nutrition. That is why it is important to us that we work to ensure that women have access to the same resources as men in terms of financial support, training, and the opportunity to own land.

Adina Farm & Agricultural Training Center has created an official cooperation and partnership with ILRI and FAO. ILRI (International Life Stock Research Institute) is a scientific, international organization in the same way as the Norwegian Food Safety Authority. Both working to improve animal health and food quality.

FAO (United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization) is the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, who are working in Northern Uganda to ensure food availability, and efficiency in agriculture. They help us with knowledge and expertise when it comes to the training we do on the Adina Farm, and assist with knowledge about agricultural planning in rural areas. In Norway, we get help from the FSA (Food Safety Authority), the Norwegian National Veterinary Institute, and from the Swedish National Veterinary Institute.

Our project has received support from private individuals and local companies in the Bergen area. Among these are Knowit AS and The Balder Foundation. The Adina Farm is a separate economic unit, and it does not affect the operations of the Lira Rehabilitation Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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