Improving lives of 650,000 people

The ‘Growth for Uganda’ Project of K+S KALI GmbH is aimed at women. Because in the North of the country in Central Africa they handle most of the field labor. “We have achieved all the goals we set for the first phase of the project when it launched in 2013,” says Prof. Andreas Gransee, head of the Research & Advisory unit at K+S KALI GmbH.

They even exceeded some of their goals by a wide margin: They had planned to train 50,000 farmers to use improved agricultural techniques, but in fact, they ended up reaching nearly twice as many: 92,420. The project has vastly improved the lives of the 650,000 people in these families. “Many of these children no longer know the feeling of going to bed on an empty stomach,” says Hilary Rugema Semaana who worked for project partner Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) and now works for K+S KALI GmbH. Thanks to ‘Growth for Uganda’, the farming families of the Apac and Dokolo regions are now able to eat three meals a day, whereas they used to have just one on average. Their living conditions have also improved noticeably, as they are no longer merely practicing subsistence farming. Yields of all of their crops – corn, cassava, beans, and coffee – have consistently increased by about 30 percent. Now, the female farmers can start selling their products, which gives them the resources to access medical services, pay their children’s school tuition, and ensure their own financial security.

“We are now moving on to the next level of the ‘Growth for Uganda Project’,” Gransee says, shifting focus to the years ahead. In the future, the program will concentrate more on the business aspects of farming: accordingly, ‘Farming as a business’ is the acting motto until 2018 – and likely beyond. For K+S KALI GmbH, ‘Growth for Uganda’ is more than just a development aid project; its objective is also to build up an infrastructure that will facilitate fertilizer sales in the region.

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