KIKUUBE – Action Against Hunger, a global humanitarian organization has unveiled four farming projects worth shs 5 billion in Kikuube District Local Government (KDLG) which will focus on food security in the refugee hosting sub-counties and other areas.
Racheal Bona, the Team Leader for Action Against Hunger in Kyangwali Refugee Camp in Kyangwali sub-county, Kikuube district said, the project dubbed Multi Sectoral Integrated Humanitarian Projects is funded by the French and Swedish Embassy and the German government too.
Speaking during the projects’ inception meeting for the district leaders and technical staff, Bona explained that the one-year projects, whose implementation kicked off in April, 2021 aims at addressing the issue of food insecurity in the district.
She said that the farming projects will support refugees and host communities in the district who have land to engage in food production.
“The farming projects will look at equipping the farmers with modern farming skills and providing them with quality inputs,” she said.
“Basically all these projects are coming on board to address the issue of food insecurity challenges. We are looking at how we can support the people who moved from Congo and joined the camp in terms of production even with their small land. But also to look at how to work with host communities who have big chunks of land and they are not unitizing it due to limited skills. Basically, we are bringing on board skills and inputs for both of them to benefit.”
Kikuube district Chairman, Peter Banura expressed excitement about the projects, adding that once implemented, it will help families produce enough food.
He said that Kikuube has fertile land which can allow farmers to produce enough food and get surpluses to improve on their household income once they are organized.
“I am happy to have such projects in our district, the projects are going to organize our farmers to engage in modern farming which will enable them have enough food for their families and this will help us to do away with the challenge of increased malnutrition among children and pregnant mothers,” said Banura.
Banura, called on development partners operating in the district to work closely with the district local government to push for the development and well-being of the communities.
Without mentioning specific organizations, Banura expressed concern that some Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have not formalized their operations in the district.
He said that such organizations are making it difficult for the district leadership to benchmark their projects’ impact on the community.
He further said, the district is ready to work with all development partners and warned such organizations against working in isolation from the district.
Nicolas Kiiza, the Secretary for Production and District Workers Councilor, called on their implementers of the projects to properly utilize the funds to ensure that it services its intended purpose.
He noted that organizations get funding to help the local communities but some time end up not reaching the beneficiaries due to the implementers who put the money to their personal use.
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