Agroforestry & Vocational Training
Uganda is one of the world’s least developed countries with a young, quickly growing population. More than 80% of the population is working in agriculture and thus dependent on natural resources. Every year, an additional 400.000 young people are entering the labor market, many of them in the agricultural sector due to a lack of alternatives. At the same time, the forested area has been halved over the last 25 years, part5ly because more than 90% of Ugandans use fuel wood for cooking. This environmental degradation threatens soil fertility in Uganda and is very dangerous for livelihoods in the country.
Fairventures thus supports three vocational schools in Western Uganda to establish agroforestry trainings. 150 students will learn how they can prosper by planting trees and other plants in agroforestry systems and how they can preserve and improve the quality of the soil. Alongside the development of the training module the schools receive support to establish nurseries and demonstration fields, so they are able to also conduct practical trainings and support their students with seedlings St Simon Peter’s, the school that is implementing the project, will be supported to become a teacher training center.
Well-educated students with support from their schools will be able to achieve sustainable incomes from agroforestry and contribute to the reforestation of Uganda at the same time.
09/2018 – 8/2019
- Kasese Youth Polytechnic, Kasese Municipality, Uganda
- Simon Peter’s Vocational Training Centre, Hoima Municipality, Uganda
- Holy Dove Vocational School, Kasese, Uganda