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Refugees Resort To Farming

by Wangah Wanyama
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By Jovita Mirembe

Due to the limited fund basket and land that refugees can access presently ,  refugees  have resorted to engaging in the  farming businesss, the Chairperson Refugee Welfare council Kiryandongo Settlement has said.

Milly Nancy  Lagu said that of late most of their  funders have shifted to funding the current war between Palestine and Israel  and had earlier been funding the war between Russia and Ukraine    which has affected their fund basket hence living them to look for other avenues of survival.

‘We have now resorted to  investing in  farming on the small  land we have been given  especially growing  vegetables because they grow with in a short time that we can eat to balance our diet  and later sell off some  to get money to sustain our lively hoods.

Growing vegetables, sweet potatoes and Irish  potatoes  in  broken plastic  containers  and polythene  bags is what we are doing now to sustain our lively hoods  as  an additional  of the little funds we are receiving from donors’ Lagu  said   

She further said that  Refugees are also using the Optimum Land Use Model(OLUM) a technical strategy that optimizes small crop fields to reap the largest harvest.

Lagu said that here farmers are given training, farming tools, seeds, and constant guidance to ensure they can get the most out of their land.

She said this during the Stake holders workshop for trainers  in  refugees  camps  about  financial literacy organized by World food programme and Bank of Uganda at Golden Tulip Hotel 22 November.

 The  Alex Ochan the head of Financial inclusion Division at Bank of Uganda, said that  inclusion of persons living with disability (PWDs will be emphasized in refugees  camps because they are also part of the population  in those  camps who need to know  how to use the limited funds that are given to them by funders.

The workshop was attended by over 20 stake holders.        

Some of the stakeholders who attended the workshop

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