For A Better Global Health
Ungweru builds the capacity of farmers in civic governance so that they understand and articulate their rights in as far as agriculture governance is concerned for effective engagement with duty bearers in the delivery of services.
Households in all Ungweru impact areas experience low crop and animal productivity levels. The major contributing factors affecting productivity is over-reliance on rain-fed agriculture, inadequate access to agricultural credit, inadequate access to output and input markets, and failures in technology development and transfer. Those are exacerbated by climate change effect such as erratic rains and droughts.Nutrition is another area of concern. We serve seven CBCCs (Community-Based Childcare Centres), where food is supposed to be provided on a daily basis. We do it through the promotion of vegetable gardens, where crops could be used to feed children or sold to purchase additional food.
A NUTRITIONAL ASSESSMENT CARRIED OUT BY UNGWERU IN ALL SEVEN CBCCs REVEALED THAT 60% OF CHILDREN WERE MALNOURISHED.
In the past, we have provided food aid to communities; however, realizing sustainability issues, Ungweru has shifted gears towards the vegetable garden program. To address the challenges, Ungweru works with farming households to increase availability of nutritious foods through higher agricultural productivity of a range of nutritious crops using climate –smart approaches. Access to output and input markets is tackled by ensuring improved market position of households by linking farmer groups direct to local buyers and companies.