Ultimately, the food, nutrition and livelihood securities improved for more than 76,000 (seventy six thousand) people, members of farming and agro-pastoralist households spread over the districts of Nakapiripirit, Amudat, Alebtong, Dokolo and Agago, who benefited from our CPAR Uganda interventions during this financial year began on 1st April 2013 and ended on 31st March 2014.
Our major highlights include:
- More than one thousand acres of land was opened, planted, and bumper harvests realised for the benefit of farming households – for consumption and surplus for sale.
- Under one of our interventions, for example, the combined harvest of participating farming households was 110,000 (one hundred and ten thousand) kilograms of maize; 8,016 (eight thousand and sixteen) kilograms of groundnuts; and 5,925 (five thousand nine hundred and twenty five) kilograms of sorghum.
- Similarly, under another of our interventions, as well, participating farming households registered average yields of 933 kilograms per acre for maize and 717 kilograms per acre for sunflower – they attained an increase in their yields of 94 percent and 335 percent, respectively, as compared to before our intervention when they use to get 480 kilograms per acre for maize and 165 kilograms per acre for sunflower.
The year in report is when we began implementing our strategic change in direction, to scale down and eliminate us from the practice of implementing series of short-term independent projects; and to develop long-term programme under which related mini projects may be implemented.
No wonder, in comparison to the previous year, during the year in report, our expenditure was much less. CPAR Uganda spent Ushs. 938,617,056 (nine hundred thirty eight million, six hundred and seventeen thousand, fifty six shillings) to implement four of our projects to completion. Two of our projects were prematurely terminated.
However, we generated total revenue of Ushs. 769,261,768 (seven hundred sixty nine million, two hundred sixty one thousand, seven hundred and sixty eight shillings) during the year in report; meaning that CPAR Uganda incurred an annual deficit of Ushs. 169,355,389 (one hundred sixty nine million, three hundred fifty five thousand, three hundred and eighty nine shillings).
We celebrate, nevertheless, that 15 percent of our revenue during the year in report, Ushs. 114,715,767 (one hundred and fourteen million seven hundred and fifteen thousand seven hundred and sixty seven shillings), CPAR Uganda generated internally, mostly from rent income from our properties.
Our internal income generation was made possible by the fact that as at 31st March 2014, CPAR Uganda was capitalised at Ushs. 604,377,682 (six hundred four million, three hundred seventy seven thousand, six hundred and eighty two shillings); the book value of its land, buildings, motor vehicles, office and other equipment.
We are grateful to our three major funding partners who provide us with the bulk of external grant funding which enabled us to contribute to the achievement of our mission.
For the thousands of farming households who benefited from our activity during the year, they were enabled to “ably meet the basic needs of their members through enhanced livelihoods; access to sufficient food, nutritious food, health care and clean water.”
A big thank you, thefore, to:
- Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief
- DanChurchAid (DCA)
- United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation
With the support of our funding partners and the communities that we serve, it was a good year for CPAR Uganda, during which we made strides towards our vision of “Ugandan rural men, women and children lead healthy and dignified lives, during which their rights are respected and their basic needs are met.”
Post featured photo: Sesame blossoms and flowers - doing very well intercropped with sorghum on Jamila’s mixed farm. Jamila’s household benefited from CPAR Uganda's interventions.