HORIZONT3000 ERI-EA Project

The ERI-East Africa Project of HORIZONT3000 is a unique effort to bring together local partner organizations in Uganda and Tanzania to form a regional learning alliance for promoting farmer-driven innovation processes. Through learning and applying the same methodology, they have a common ground for effectively sharing and exchanging experiences across organizations and countries, and thus making a tangible difference to agricultural development in East Africa. Building the capacities of farmers to develop profitable enterprises, and of organizations to confidently implement ERI is at the core of this project.

 

Phase I

The project phase I is was being implemented in the period from March 2013 until December 2015

The specific objective was to empower 6.750 small scale farmers and their communities to enhance and balance their food sovereignty, income security, and sustainable natural resource management, through applying the Enabling Rural Innovation (ERI) approach.

Expected results:

  • 270 farmer groups have been selected/formed, strengthened and are operational, actively sustaining an institutional network.
  • 220 farmer groups develop and implement realistic action plans, using available resources and opportunities they have identified.
  • 190 farmer groups analyse market opportunities and select profitable enterprises for collective marketing.
  • 160 farmer groups conduct agronomic experiments for optimising their farming systems.
  • 160 farmer groups have developed profitable enterprises and manage them in response to market demands.
  • 160 farmer groups monitor and evaluate their performance on a regular basis and make necessary adjustments.
  • 4.700 households apply sustainable natural resource management practices and have improved their health and nutrition status.
  • Seven organisations and their staff  have acquired expertise in the ERI approach and form a regional learning alliance for sharing their experiences.

The ERI-EA project consortium:

  1. Caritas Tororo, Uganda
  2. Safe Neighbourhood Foundation (SNF), Budaka, Uganda
  3. Youth Association for Rural Development (YARD), Buikwe, Uganda
  4. Masaka Diocesan Development Organization (Caritas MADDO), Masaka, Uganda
  5. Kolping Society of Tanzania (KST), Bukoba, Tanzania
  6. Anglican Church of Tanzania, Diocese of Mara (ACT Mara), Bunda, Tanzania

 

Phase II

Project Phase II is being implemented in the period from January 2016 to December 2018.

The specific objective is to empower 9.200 small scale farmers and their communities to safeguard food security, ensure income security through market orientation, and sustainable natural resource management through applying the Enabling Rural Innovation (ERI) approach.

Expected results:

  • 331 (90%) farmer groups have regular meetings at least once in two months.
  • 235 (64%) farmer groups do group saving at the end of the project.
  • 331 (90%) farmer groups monitor group objectives and progress every six months.
  • 8,280 (90%) households have three staple food types in a season.
  • 220 (60%) farmer groups increased their production for marketing by 20% by the end of 2018.
  • 220 (60%) farmer groups collectively market their selected enterprises with stable buyers by 2018.
  • 294 (80%) farmer groups have functional marketing committees providing up-to-date marketing information at least once a season.
  • A total of 138,000 agro-forest trees planted (15 trees per farmer).
  • At least three natural resource management practices are applied by farmers additionally to tree planting.
  • 21,000 additional farmers and their households in Rakai District (Uganda) have access to clean drinking water.
  • 30 Community Development Facilitators apply ERI knowledge and skills in their daily work.
  • 30 Community Development Facilitators apply new methods and tools for monitoring & evaluation and have up to date records.

The ERI-EA project consortium:

  1. Caritas Tororo, Uganda
  2. Youth Association for Rural Development (YARD), Buikwe, Uganda
  3. Masaka Diocesan Development Organization (Caritas MADDO), Masaka, Uganda
  4. Kolping Society of Tanzania (KST), Bukoba, Tanzania
  5. Anglican Church of Tanzania, Diocese of Mara (ACT Mara), Bunda, Tanzania

The project is funded by