Agricultural Training for South Sudanese refugees
CRESS aims to increase food security for the South Sudanese refugee families by delivering training to improve nutrition and provide income generation from growing vegetables using sustainable organic techniques.
Our Agriculture Training project, based at Kasengi Riverford Organic Centre (KROC) in Kampala, seeks to train instructors who can then support Sudanese refugee farmers and supply them with the necessary tools and seeds for their first crop. The project focuses on horticulture and the growing of a variety of vegetables, successfully and sustainably.
One of the organic methods used is the making of plant based compost. The picture here shows some of the members of Point E group in Imvepi refugee camp with their finished compost heap. Having relied previously on animal manure on their farms in South Sudan and having lost all their cattle during the civil war and fleeing to safety, this represents a real achievement for them.
A wide variety of vegetables are promoted and grown in both the group gardens and individual home gardens. The picture here shows the garden for the Joyful group and has the three vegetables mostly grown which are onions, cabbages and tomatoes. These represent one variety each from leaf/root/fruit vegetables categories. The farmers are trained to use crop rotation which prevents pest build up and enables efficient use of soil nutrients.
Each farmer will look to cascade their knowledge within their respective communities and will be given advice and monitored throughout the growing season to ensure success.