Sector 39 have recently returned from delivering a series of permaculture training sessions to help support communities to grow new crops and use their land sustainably.
8 out of 10 Ugandans live in rural areas and depend upon rain-fed agriculture which is increasingly affected by climate change, so new methods are needed to ensure that enough food is grown in these challenging conditions.
Steve Jones of Sector 39 said: “We have been working with a wide range of people in schools and community initiatives. Two of the stand out projects that the training has helped are one to help girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in the Busoga High School, Kamuli and one that offers practical learning opportunities to the Ngora Orphans project.
“We are also working with Dolen Ffermio so that we can share our learning in schools in Mid Wales.”
The Llanrheadr ym Mochnant based organisation and trainers are delivering this work in partnership with Permaculture Research Institute, Uganda and PermoAfrica Centre, Kenya to provide training and develop permaculture expertise and activity in East Africa.
As a result of the success of the project Sector 39 has been asked by other organisations working in Uganda to help them with their projects, this has resulted in them supporting displaced Sudanese refugees.
The project was supported by Hub Cymru Africa with funding from the Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa programme.
Cath Moulogo, Development Manager at Hub Cymru Africa said: “Permaculture plots are an excellent way to grow crops efficiently and sustainably, they can be adapted to the size of the space available.
“By training local people in with the skills needed to be trainers Sector 39 are helping people to take measures to support themselves and their own communities to grow crops in the face of the challenges of climate change.”
Sector 39 will be speaking at an upcoming shared learning event (FREE to attend) on working inclusively and building strong partnerships through Permaculture in Sub Saharan Africa at the Morlan Centre in Aberystwyth on the 29th of August, to book a place visit: https://permaculturedevelopment.eventbrite.co.uk