We continue our winter series with a video on the seed-saving component of the training program we are planning for the summer.
Children who grew up during the war in northern Uganda missed out on their education. Rather than going to school or working in the fields, many learned how to be soldiers or were displaced from their villages. Now these children are young adults making new lives for themselves and their families.
Hear about our plan to help support them by setting up a program that will train young adults to grow protein gardens and create a seed exchange network to support others in need in their community.
During our visit to communities affected by war in northern Uganda, we saw that many young people especially struggle with malnutrition and lack opportunities for education. Tending the land was once a skill that was passed on from generation to generation, but during the war, many children grew up learning how to be soldiers instead. This summer, we’re working with a local agricultural specialist and the organization Children of Peace Uganda to lead a series of hands-on workshops for that generation of young adults. We’ll be creating a demonstration garden using local varieties of crops containing key nutrients, like protein and iron, where community members can gain new skills and get support in producing enough food for their families.
Part of this program will be about seed saving, the practice of selecting the best seeds from the harvest and storing them to use in a future planting season. Over time, the seeds become well-adapted to local environmental conditions, increasing their productivity and resilience.
At the end of the program, we will set up a community seed bank so that with each new harvest, the resources that program participants receive will be spread to others in need. Community members will able to store seeds there for the future or take out seed loans as needed. This will facilitate the exchange of seeds and serve as an emergency resource in times of shortage to buffer against environmental or economic losses.
We hope this program will help promote food security and give vulnerable young adults a pathway towards peaceful livelihood.