Communities in different places in Bunyoro sub-region have taken to using traditional granaries to store food as a way of combating food insecurity currently prevalent in Uganda.
The communities are heeding to NAPE’s food sovereignty campaign launched in Bunyoro in 2015 with full support of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom. The campaign prioritizes the revival of growing indigenous seed varieties that are accommodative to current climate changes among communities in Buliisa and Hoima districts.
Under this campaign, small holder farmers are trained on how to gather indigenous seeds, plant them, store them and select some for replanting. The trainers are usually community members who still have adequate knowledge on indigenous methods of agriculture. Multiplication gardens have been established especially for those seed varieties that are considered threatened by the introduction of the so called “modern seeds” which are usually modified in laboratories.
On30th July, NAPE arranged a knowledge sharing visit between activists and practitioners from different parts in Bunyoro who visited Butimba and Kigaaga villages that have been involved in implementing food sovereignty activities for over two years now. Allan Kalangi, the Manager of NAPE’s sustainability School programme said that the visit was aimed at equipping different community educators with information sharing and mobilization skills about adverse effects of climate change and enhance food security.
“The use of traditional granaries in the fight for food security is the best way to combat food insecurity and other sustainability villages should promote this practice in their localities “said Kalangi.
Jessica Buteraba, community Educator at BUSUCA says some 40 years back when the hills and valleys were still green with forest cover; the seasons were reliable because the eco-systems were balanced but after realizing the gap caused by human activities, they embarked on tree planting campaign amid land shortage challenges.
Rev. Fred Musiimenta, the chairperson of BUSUCA says an idea to plant indigenous trees was reached at by the members after thinking about problems affecting the surrounding Environment in Butimba.
The program has also been training and equipping small holder farmers in Kakindo and Ngwedo in Buliisa district, Buseruka and Kiziranfumbi sub counties in Hoima with indigenous Knowledge to revive indigenous seed diversity and farming knowledge for climate change resilience.
This has culminated into setting up of seed multiplication gardens in Butimba, Kigaaga in Hoima and Kakindo in Buliisa and replicating the practice in their homes.
Joramu Basiima the secretary for Kigaga development sustainability village says after replicating the revival of indigenous seeds in our homes, we now see the fruits and we have embarked on the use of granaries to promote food security in our homes.
“Formerly, there were only five granaries in Kigaga but through the mobilization carried out by sustainability village community Educators, more nine granaries have been established”, Mr. Basiima elaborated.
Basiima says as community members organized in sustainability villages, they will also make it a custom to use show-rooms to demonstrate out-sourced seeds for seed revival and restoration for purpose of food security.
Story compiled by DORCUS DRIJARU