In preparation for the Agri-business Project Karagwe we concluded, that a good start of farmers training and farm development would be forming local groups of farmers, who could share knowledge and plan future development. A delegation form 3 local partners, Danish partner and a local consultant travelled to south west Uganda and studied the Rwenzory project there. Here the groups formed was called Family Farming Learning Groups (FFLG). This name should stress that the family has to work together for a good result and that learning is a key process. In the following discussions the strategy was laid out for the project.
Agri-business Project Karagwe was carried out 2013-2015. The main elements were training of facilitators, forming of local FFLG’s and monitoring the groups. He also train an external facilitator from both HIMAYA and HUDERES.
The Agri-business project resulted in a lot of activities among the participants. New crops was tested, new seed varieties introduced, keeping of rabbits, goats and chickens were intensified. In 27 of 40 groups a loan and savings scheme was developed and most groups agreed to join forces on a single product, so it could be sold as one bulk. This promoted a more carefully sales process, where they got aware of prices and timing for the sale.