WASH & Agricultural Projects in Namalu
Viva Con Agua Uganda and Welthungerhilfe in collaboration with German Embassy organized a media trip to Moroto district in Uganda from 23rd-26th November 2015. This trip provided opportunities for journalists to visit on-going projects funded by the German Government. Some of the projects are co-financed by the EU and the German Government. Main implementers are the Welthungerhilfe, the Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and KfW.
GIZ is a Germany state cooperation that deals with technical assistance, by supporting the German Government in achieving its objectives in international cooperation for sustainable development, while KFW carries out Germany’s Financial Cooperation with developing and emerging countries on behalf of the Federal Government of Germany.
On the 3rd day, the team set off to Namalu sub-county where a presentation on Water and Sanitation Development Facility East by KFW and local leaders took place. The project is implanted by the Government of Uganda and funded by the EU and German Government. The water system is designed to supply a population of 7500 with town water. Welthungerhilfe is constructing rainwater harvesting tanks and latrine blocks at schools, establishing WASH advocacy structures in Namalu town and local institutions, and supporting Solid waste management. It also trains women groups in goat rearing, livestock husbandry and business skills, supporting fodder production for livestock, among other things.
Presentation by local leaders. Photo credit; Papa Shabani
District local leaders. Photo credit; Papa Shabani
The GIZ team and journalists toured the GIZ climate change adaptation learning centre that afternoon. The learning centre is promoting better agricultural practices for free. It has a training hall, dining hall, kitchen, tree nursery bed, and garden.
Tree nursery bed
Crops like onions, banana plantations, ground nuts, maize, passion fruits, and many more are grown. In the garden, traditional farming methods, which locals can afford are used. For example innovative banana production where a leguminous central tree (luecaena) is planted among bananas to fix nutrients in the grounds. Other crops that are inter-cropped are ground nuts, maize, and cow peas. No artificial fertilizers are used.
The Round garden is a form of gardening in which soil is formed in 1-3ft wide raised beds. It holds moisture and nutrients by an active compost pile placed in the centre of the round bed. It is most efficient in the hot and dry locations as it uses waste water from households. It improves growing conditions in any climate and is a viable source of vegetable production at household level throughout the year.
For practicality, some crops are irrigated and others are not. This is served as an experiment at the learning centre as well as a lesson for the locals that come to learn. The irrigation uses local materials that everyone can afford. For example a whole drum drip that can water a very large area goes for around 400,000/=. Another irrigation method used is the bucket drip irrigation.
Bucket drip irrigation
Whole drum drip irrigation
Some seedlings are grown in bottles. At the learning centre, all bottles are recycled for this purpose. They are placed in a line vertically, and water is poured in the top bottle, which drips down to the last bottle.
Under organic farming, the farmers roast grasshoppers and mix it in hot water and then spray the plants to kill pests. They also use hot pepper, and pumpkin leaves by smashing them, soak them for one week before they spray.
Special thanks go to Viva on agua artists, for the memorable experience at the schools, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, and German development Co-operation.