Building Local Economies in Eastern Africa through Agroecology
Is contained in three interesting case studies the engaging experience of the project Building Local Economies in East Africa through Agroecology, funded by the Agroecology Fund and launched by Slow Food in collaboration with its local networks in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
During more than 18 intense months of activity the Slow Food network has tried to support the development of agroecological food systems as the key to future food security, improving knowledge and communication on agroecology and including agroecology in policy frameworks.
The activities that have unfolded over the past months have focused in particular on training local producers on the potential of agroecology in the local food system, not only by working in the field through collaboration with technicians and Academies, but also by enhancing market opportunities based on direct contact between producers and consumers, which generates higher incomes, more employment and well-being (as a deep multiplier effect) and contributes to a new narrative around agroecology.
The results were not long in coming and three case studies have been developed in collaboration with two local experts in Uganda and Kenya. Through these studies, presented in a Terra Madre Forum last march, it was possible to document and provide evidence that agroecology works in these particular food systems and convey the message that agroecology could be the agriculture of the future.
Case study about Slow Food Gardens: Karirikania, Kaki and Kinyas Community Gardens in Kenya
The case study looked at activities carried out in three Slow Food Gardens in Kenya: Karirikania, Kaki and Kinyas Community Gardens where 30 garden’s members, mostly women, adopt and practice different agroecology practices.
Case study about the Bukunja Climbing Yams Presidium
Interviews with 40 climbing yam Presidium farmers in Bukunja-Buikwe district , mostly women, were conducted to prove how agroecology has improved the farmer’s livelihood and biodiversity and map relevant stakeholders for the spread of the approach.
Case study about the Mukono Earth Market in Central Uganda and Manafwa Earth Market in Eastern Uganda
A total of 40 Earth Market farmers from Mukono-Wakiso, Central Uganda and 20 farmers and Manafwa, Eastern Uganda, were interviewed about their activities, with a particular attention also to gender related issues.