In Uganda, agriculture employs approximately 68 per cent of the population. The combination of fertile soil, sun, and decent water supply makes it perfect for food production, yet hunger and malnutrition is a major problem in the country.
Food, health, and education are closely linked. Having sufficient and nutritious food is a prerequisite for good health and the ability to learn. That is why The Adina Foundation focuses on health, education, and food – we believe these are fundamental rights in a society. Most of Uganda’s poor and hungry live in rural areas and work in the agriculture sector.
Uganda like many other parts of the world is experiencing climate change. Climate change that has resulted in altered weather patterns and extreme weather conditions. The structures no longer function like before, and people in agriculture can no longer trust that the knowledge of the earth that has been passed from generation to generation still applies. Adaptation to accommodate the climate changes involves both reducing vulnerability, and managing risks (droughts or floods).
The Adina Foundation is supporting a project in collaboration with the University of Bergen. The project is working on improving weather forecasting, and extreme weather prediction in East Africa. Small farmers have to adapt to climate change, where extreme weather and new patterns of rain. This new knowledge will lay the foundation for a more efficient and specialized food production, a wider range of food in the region, and the development of refining and storage methods in order to sell food also off season. AFU seeks to promote work built on a cooperative mind-set, and encourage work through groups.
The purpose of the farm is to impart knowledge, and any profit from the operations of Adina farm will be put to good use (sustainability plan) for Lira Rehabilitation Centre (LCR) – food security and nutritious food for the children at LRC.
The Adina Farm seeks to promote gender equality in agriculture. Women are the backbone of agriculture in Uganda, but they are often playing double role; working in the home and on the farm. Most women are impoverished, and yet play central role in improving child nutrition. That is why it is important that AFU ensures that women have access to the same resources as men in terms of finances, training, and the opportunity to own land.
Adina Farm has created an official cooperation and partnership with International Life Stock Research Institute (ILRI) a scientific, international organization in the same way as the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, both working to improve animal health and food quality. With support of ILRI Adina Farm runs a piggery project. They help us with knowledge and expertise when it comes to the training on Adina Farm, and assist with knowledge about agricultural planning in rural areas. In Norway, we get help from Food Safety Authority (FSA), the Norwegian National Veterinary Institute, and from the Swedish National Veterinary Institute.