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This website provides you with basic information and a description of the Enabling Rural Innovation (ERI) approach, its impact, training materials and trainers, and information about the network of organisations that have contributed to the development of ERI. You will also find more information about earlier and ongoing projects, interesting publications and videos linked to ERI, and upcoming events and activities….

Success Story: Collective Marketing for higher profits

The Kivuma Development Farmers Group is one of the groups YARD is working with and is located in Kivuma Village in Buikwe District. The group was established in 2013 and started working with YARD in 2016 to promote farming as a business in their community. Since joining YARD under the ERI project, the group has…

Success Story: Catering to Women Empowerment

The Tusuubira Women’s Development Group is located in Masaba village of Buikwe district. The group was established in 2005 when a group of women from Masaba village decided to come together in order to change their welfare and household status. Their first group activity was casual labour. At that time the group was approached by…

Success Story: Adding Value to Soy

Nalukwago Jane is a rural woman earning money from the production of soy milk. She is 29 years old and a member of the Kigulu Farmers Group, where she also serves as a treasurer. In 2016, the group started working with YARD, mainly concentrating on farming as a business. As a group, they chose soy…

Success Story: The seeds that keep on giving

The Mukisa Farmers Group is located in Kalagala Village in Buikwe District. The women in the village came together and came up with different ideas on how to improve their household incomes but since they had no clear objectives, they all failed. In 2014 the group, that is 20 members strong, started working with YARD and…

Success Story: Diversification of enterprises improves farmer’s income

Robert Sebatindira is a 40 year old farmer and member of Tusubira Bingi Farmers Group in Lukunyu Village in Buikwe District. He produces and markets different commodities for profit, such as maize, coffee, bananas, tomatoes, beans and mangoes. He says, before joining the group he used to grow maize for consumption at home and only…

Success Story: Earning a living and saving the environment

20 year old Kyofuna Miriam is a member of Tulibumu farmers group located in Mayuge Village. The group has 18 members and started working with YARD in 2016. Before joining YARD, Miriam already had a strong interest in environmental protection and when YARD trained them in Natural Resource Management, Community Visioning, Saving and Credit, Participatory…

Success Story: From Farmer Group To Farmers Association

St. John is a Farmer Association located in Kikwanya B Village  in Buikwe District. The association started as a farmer group in 2003 and has since been mentored in food security. St. John joined YARD in 2013 under the promotion of the Agro-Enterprise Development Programme of ERI. The group received a variety of trainings and…

ERI celebrated its first ever Farmer Innovation Fair at YARD grounds in Buikwe District

Buikwe District, Ngogwe Sub County,  4th September 2017 HORIZONT3000’s Farmer Innovation Fair is an event that recognizes and celebrates the creativity, ingenuity and innovativeness of men and women practicing small-scale farming.  This year’s motto “Unlocking Farmer’s Creativity” brought together farmers in one place and for one day, to showcase their innovations and share their experiences…

Welcoming RICE/WN to the ERI Network

Formed in 2004 and registered since 2005, the Rural Initiative for Community Empowerment – West Nile (RICE-West Nile) is a Ugandan Community Based, local NGO. RICE-West Nile is well known as an empowerment organization with five Program Departments: Community Health, Development Research, Environment and Natural Resources, Sustainable Agriculture and Governance, Human Rights and Peace. We kicked off our…

ERI joins Training of Trainers in Gender Action Learning Systems (GALS)

In early November ERI was invited by PELUM Uganda to participate in a Training of Trainers in the GALS methodology. GALS, which stands for Gender Action Learning Systems is a community-led, participatory empowerment tool that uses drawings to analyse livelihoods with a gender perspective within households, groups, and whole communities. We visited a community in…