Empowering female headed farmer families with multi-purpose bicycles

The project aims to give 100, vulnerable small-scale female headed farmer families, the knowledge and the tools to diversify their incomes achieve independence and thrive economically. More specifically project activities consist of setting up a demonstration plot and training site showcasing agroforestry techniques (combining fast growing fodder and firewood trees, fruit trees with crops and or domestic animals); designing and producing a bicycle powered water pump. Farmers will be educated, trained and assisted in the shift from subsistence farming to agroforestry but also on and on how to adapt to climate change thanks to climate mitigation agricultural techniques. In the second year of the project, farmers will also be equipped with tree seedlings and the heavy-duty multi-purpose bicycle.

Cycling out of Poverty Foundation Uganda (CooP-Uganda) is a Ugandan charity, registered in 2010. It aims to improve the livelihoods of Ugandan families by making bicycles and other mobility aids accessible and available for everyone in Uganda.

 

Type

Environment / Community Development

Duration

September 2019 - August 2022

Location

Uganda

With whom

Cycling out of Poverty - Uganda

Website

www.coop-africa.org/en/

Uganda

Population
42.9 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 600/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
21% (2016)

Literacy rate
70% (2016)

Human Development Index
162nd out of 189 countries (2018)

Uganda’s economy has continued to post strong growth, by many developing country standards. It nevertheless remains a very poor country and far from the middle-income status it aspires to. Although the poverty rate has greatly declined from 39% in 2002 to 19% in 2012, the strong population growth has meant that the absolute number of poor people has remained the same. One in three children has no food to eat during the school day and 27% of children under five are stunted. Agriculture accounts for 25% of the country’s GDP and employs 77% of the adult population. However, the productivity of smallholder farmers remains low due to lack of access to services such as credit and insurance and reliance on traditional farming methods.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.