In promotion of the local and indigenous seed varieties of the greater Kigezi region

 

Students were asked to take interest in new farming techniques that are more sustainable aimed at improving house hold food production and consumption, protection of their local and indigenous seeds as well as providing incomes to their families.
The call was on Oct 23rd Oct 2017 made by the Slow Food Uganda team led by President of Slow Food Uganda and Vice President Slow Food International, Edward Mukiibi, Uganda while meeting with the newly elected leaders in the network and handing over an assortment of farming equipment and implements to beneficiaries in Kabale district.
Slow Food International aims at encouraging farmers to stick on their local and traditional varieties of seeds as well as growing as much food to have sovereignty and food security at their tips. This can help them overcome challenges of hunger in their localities. Edie Mukiibi addresses the members.
He also asked the old members to cooperate with new members if the concept of agriculture aimed at mitigating climate change is to be promoted in their society. The members were introduced to the Menu For Change Campaign which Slow Food is currently running to alleviate climate change.
Ivan Kirya, coordinator of the 10000 Gardens in Africa Project in Uganda introduced the new gardens in the region that are joining the Slow Food Communities which totals up to about 27 schools and community gardens that have been established.
The new gardens (5 gardens in Kabale district and 5 gardens in Kisoro district) were given farm implements that included , rakes, hoes, wheelbarrows, folked hoes, slashers and other farm tools to help in the start of the new gardens in the network.
Speaking at the same function , Lawrence Arinaitwe a member of Slow Food Communities suggested that the concept should be extended to all schools in the region and also encourage the creation of Slow food clubs in the schools (Young Farmers Clubs) to unite teachers and pupils in the schools.
The benefiting schools so far include Kigezi High school primary, Junction Primary school and Nyabikoni SSS, Kabale Primary school, St Paul seminary, Little Angels school Katuna and many others in Kigezi region.
The newly elected Executive Members of Kigezi Slow Food Community (Convivium) included Kagweza Paul as Chairperson, Nyiramambo Flavia as Vice Chairperson , Mugisha Godfrey as Treasurer, Muwereza Irene as Secretary and Namanya John as Publicity Secretary.

 

 

By Racheal Katusiime from Kabale