CPAR Uganda has partnered with Alinga Farms to add value to eboo (cow peas leaves) – vegetable sun drying using the indigenous knowledge of the Lango peoples of Uganda – one of the examples of CPAR Uganda’s genuine wealth creation initiatives – food for you good health and for income generation.
The CPAR Uganda Finance and Administration Assistant Officer, Mrs. Rose Aceng Okello, has kicked off the project with class. She is the woman who is behind the production and value addition side; while Alinga Farms is taking the lead in the packaging and marketing.
The demonstration has worked – organic food production in an urban setting and at home. Rose has put to good use the lawns at CPAR Uganda’s Gulu Base Camp – dug up the grass and grown vegetables. She is doing value addition using simple technology – the leaves placed on a raised drying rack that is made out of wood and wire gauze and is placed out in the compound to let the gifts of nature – sun and wind – do the rest.
Small initiatives such as these are potentially bigger for they are likely to have deeper and wider long lasting positive impact – achieving the Millennium Development Goals faster than certain other ‘wealth-creation’ projects, popularly promoted in Uganda these days.We would like to expand production to involve households in Lango and in Pallisa – promoting the growing and all-year-round consumption of vegetables for our good health while making some money.
So, might you or someone you know be interested in a regular supply of dried green vegetables – currently eboo (cow peas leaves) otherwise also known as egobe in Luganda? If so, please join us and help us to complete our value chain of this social philanthropic enterprise. We currently have a sack full of dried cow peas leaves ready for sale and have the capacity to increase production fast.