ERI is currently being implemented by several NGOs/District Farmers Associations in East Africa, which work with farmer groups in their target areas.
The ERI-East Africa Project is a unique effort to bring together local partner organisations in Uganda and Tanzania to form a regional learning alliance for promoting farmer-driven innovation processes. The following organizations are implementing partners, using the ERI approach:
- Caritas Tororo, Uganda
- Safe Neighbourhood Foundation (SNF), Budaka, Uganda (2013-2015)
- Youth Association for Rural Development (YARD), Buikwe, Uganda
- Masaka Diocesan Development Organization (Caritas MADDO), Masaka, Uganda
- Kolping Society of Tanzania (KST), Bukoba, Tanzania
- Anglican Church of Tanzania, Diocese of Mara (ACT Mara), Bunda, Tanzania
Trias’ Enabling Synergies between Organized and Enterprising People (ESOEP) programme in Uganda (2014-2016):
The ESOEP programme boosts inclusive and sustainable self-development of family farmers, microfinance institutions and small scale entrepreneurs. The ERI approach holds a central place in this programme. Trias uses its extensive experience with ERI in order to empower semi-subsistence farmers (especially the poor, youth and women) to become strong, market-oriented farmers.
ZOA International’s ‘Agri Skills For You (AS4Y)’ program in West Nile Region Uganda (2013-2016)
ZOA is implementing the AS4Y program in West-Nile with funds of the Dutch Embassy through ICCO cooperation. The project provides farmers and youth with agri-business skills through a combination of vocational and on-farm trainings. The ERI approach has reached out to a total of 50 farmer groups in five districts: Zombo, Nebbi, Moyo, Koboko and Arua. After graduation from the ERI curriculum in the first year, farmer groups were coached further to focus more on agronomic skills in a second year of technical support.
Development Education Services for Community Empowerment (DESECE), Kenya
DESECE a registered NGO in Kenya and a partner organization of HORIZONT3000 with the mandate to carry out development operations in the areas of gender, HIV/Aids, human rights, peace and reconciliation, civic education and organic farming. The programme aims at motivating and empowering women, youth, widows, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and peasant farmers in Bungoma County and parts of Trans Nzoia and Kakamega Counties. DESECE started working with the ERI approach in 2011 with two pilot groups and some groups that partially used ERI. In 2013 the project was extended with 12 new farmer groups. In June 2014 DESECE facilitated more than 16 farmer groups in ERI. Equal participation of women, youth and farmers affected by HIV/Aids is key to DESECE’s programme.
Action for Community Innovation (ACI), Tanzania
ACI is an NGO with a vision of an empowered society, having sound economic competency and self-help spirit in a long term development process. Basis for that are knowledge and skills for community resource mobilization and wise utilization of the same with ideal deployment of available market opportunities. By June 2014, ACI has reached a total of 911 smallholder farmers of which 43% are women. ACI operates in Magu (Mwanza) district in Tanzania and is using the ERI approach in five farmer groups (each with 20 – 30 members) since August 2013.
Past ERI Projects
Joint project of CIAT Uganda and BOKU – ‘Linking Farmers to Markets (F2M)’, Phase 1 from 2005 until 2007; Phase 2 from 2007 to 2010, financed by the Austrian Development Cooperation: In the first phase a pilot project with six farmer groups was carried out. In the second phase the project was scaled out to 1200 farmers, organized in 72 groups with 6 high level farmer associations in the districts Hoima and Mukono. Implementing organizations were Africa2000 Network and the Uganda Environmental Education Foundation (UEF).
HORIZONT3000 ERI Project in Uganda with YARD as implementing partner organization (2011 – 2012) financed by DKA Austria: 40 farmer groups in Buikwe district were to be trained in the ERI approach in a project that was initially planned for three years. In 2013 the project activities were integrated into the HORIZONT3000 ERI East Africa Project.
HORIZONT3000 ERI Project in Tanzania with ACT Mara as implementing partner organization (2012 – 2013) financed by DKA Austria: In a pilot project six farmer groups in Bunda district were trained in the ERI approach. After carrying out the pilot project, ACT Mara became an Implementing Partner of the HORIZONT3000 ERI East Africa Project in 2013.
Past Trias Programmes (DGD funded programme 2008-2013, BFFS 2009-2011, CAEDP 2010-2013): Trias introduced the ERI-approach in the South-West and Mid-West of Uganda. In each district, Trias worked together with a farmers’ organisation and a microfinance institution. All programmes focused on integrated service delivery, strengthening of member-based organisations, local embedment, and North-South exchange.