KNOWLEDGE AND CAPACITY BUILDING
BCU is implementing Capacity building programme that fosters the creation of societies which use models of conservation-oriented living on a daily basis. We actively promote environmental education, awareness, and habitat protection, whilst supporting sustainable development and livelihoods at the same time. One of the capacity building program, conducted by BCU, is improving the capacity of coffee farmers in Bugisu region, in order to enable them to implement organic coffee farming. This programme is intended to intervene economic factor of the coffee farmers by reducing their production cost, increasing crop quality and production and helping the product marketing. Through this program, farmers from 300 societies are introduced to the organic farming methods, established BCU and initiate training for local organic farming leaders to ensure the sustainability of the future organic farming in the societies.
The program began by establishing societies and continued by organizing field sessions in each of the society areas with farmers from each society. The organic farming methods that are thought to these farmers including the coffee seedling production, treatment and post production. The establishment of compost centre and seedling station are also initiated to complete the facilities that can be useful to support the local famer’s capacity development We believe that societies as it was of the old will enhance their willingness and acknowledge how to develop their own product and support their own Region.
In addition to that, Societies will assist the local farmers to maintain the market price of the product. By selling their product to the BCU societies, it will cut the role of the middle man. Thus, the price of the crops will be better. In total. As the part of the post production assistance, BCU also helps the farmers to market their product to companies that can be potential as their fixed buyer. BCU believes that in order to achieve such a good income, it doesn’t only relate to the six of the owned land. It also can be relied on the method of farming applied that can affect their crops sustainably. Organic farming method is focusing on fixing the soil for the sustainability of future crops production, it is a slower prices compared to non-organic farming but as always, the result never lies. Now these coffee farmers improve their productivity in a sustainable, responsible, and effective way. Applying the eco-friendly farming method and improve the income for the local people, it is a rock threw with two birds down through our societies.