KACE Community Library works with farming communities in Kachumbala in Bukedea district (Eastern Uganda) and promotes agro-ecology, a farming method that takes into account culture, traditions and the need to maintain and restore eco-systems. KACE organizes regular farmer-to-farmer exchange visits. However, the visits are expensive, and many farmers are excluded. KACE’s ‘farmer-to-farmer’ information project solves this problem.
The innovative service
During exchange visits, KACE staff observed some farmers taking photographs, and saw an opportunity to involve farmers in creating learning resources. With support from the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) in 2012, KACE bought digital voice recorders and cameras, a desktop computer to make documentaries, and a projector and screen. In less than a year, the ‘farmer-to-farmer’ information service trained 30 farmers to use the digital voice recorders and cameras to document sustainable farming practices and to share information with their peers.
KACE’s two main partners were Kachumbala Sub-county Local Government, who helped mobilize farmers, and the agricultural extension service, National Agriculture Advisory Services (NAADS), which provides agricultural knowledge and support.
eifl-plip project timeline
May 2012 - April 2013.
achievements and Impact
The service deepened the library’s relationship with 15 farmers’ cooperatives in the district. Farmers created locally relevant learning materials in local languages, which are now available in the library.
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