The CDA program is designed to help Ugandan farmers increase or expand their agricultural production while also contributing to the economic health, vitality and development of the local community. We do this through: (1) educational workshops and business trainings, (2) exposure visits to demonstration farms with technical and practical applications, (3) implementation support through on-going mentorship and group strengthening classes, and (4) agricultural subsidies for successful program graduates to either launch or expand their agribusiness.
Future entrepreneurs receive training and classroom courses in areas such as animal husbandry, veterinary care, or agricultural advisement. They are then provided with an income producing enterprise project in the form of piglets, chickens or agricultural seedlings in order to build on and expand the family’s economic position.
Demographically, Uganda is the second youngest country in the world, with a median age of 15.9. Job creation simply cannot keep up with the number of people entering the workforce each year. As a result, more than 70% of Ugandans are employed in agriculture, with most youth working in unpaid or self-employed positions on family-owned farms.
Economic self-sufficiency is essential for independence and communal development. Agriculture is generally a family’s most valuable asset. IYHA programs include skill-building, business and technical training, and ongoing mentorship.