The Austrian NGO HORIZONT3000 is currently carrying out an ERI based project with six partner organizations in Uganda and Tanzania (see HORIZONT3000 ERI EA Project). As the first phase of the ERI East Africa Project (2013 – 2015) is nearing completion, preparatory plans are already under way for the next phase (2016 – 2018). Partly guided by information from a recently carried out project evaluation, HORIZONT3000 and prospective partner organizations from Tanzania and Uganda met in Kampala for a four days’ workshop from 20th until 23rd April 2015 to plan and write a new project proposal.
Highlights of major focal areas for the new project phase include further strengthening ERI farmer groups from the current and new phase through mentoring and laying strategies for formation of higher level farmer organizations in readiness for market-oriented production and collective sales. Food security and sustainable natural resource management practices will be other important aspects to be considered in this upcoming phase. The project will be designed in a way that new ERI farmer groups can learn as much as possible from the experienced groups through exchange visits, farmer field days and other forms of farmer-to-farmer exchange. As such, the selection of new groups is planned to be strategic in location in regard to the earlier trained groups.
written by Amos Owamani (Project Manager, HORIZONT3000 ERI East Africa Project) and Tom Pircher (Technical Advisor, HORIZONT3000)