About Us

The main Objectives of Olilim Agro-foresters and Environmentalists (OLAFORENT) are:

  1. Poverty alleviation

     - Empowering communities to break the cycle of chronic poverty.

  2.  Free living

     - Food security. Establish grain stores
  3.  Opportunity creation
  4.  Skills development
  5.  Job creation
  6.  Sustainability
     - Investing in non-donor-dependent ventures which are self-sustaining like tree planting and beekeeping.
     - Self-sufficiency models.

Intended Approach:
Several farming groups will be formed. The leadership of each group will consist of the chairman, an organizer and treasurer-these will be responsible for managing each group’s affairs.  Under this arrangement subsistence farmers will be encouraged to cultivate different crops in surplus and planting both wood trees and fruit trees, to use modern bee hives and to be linked to appropriate agencies for marketing. The farmers will be encouraged to form trade associations which can determine prices as a team but not as individuals.

The leaders of the groups are expected to make arrangements and ensure that members share the skills and resources for the benefit of all.

Equipment and other resources donated to the Organization/Association or bought by the Association will be available for hiring to members at a reduced cost.

There is also need to improve on the storage facilities.

Periodic training of members is a vital tool for Agricultural productivity.

Our farms should be upgraded to model farms for learning purposes and demonstration for other exotic crops.

Anticipated Results:
It is expected that through this arrangement the various potential s and resources of members can be harnessed for the benefit of the whole community. The farmers will have a higher bargaining power and access to markets and there will be a reduction in the post-harvest losses.

The Organization is also expected to increase food production and improve the lives of subsistence farmers. These means more people will afford to send their children to school and build decent accommodation for them.

Generally subsistence farmers in rural Uganda do not get expected income from their produce due to lack of ready market. The crops are usually produced in villages and have to be transported to nearby trading to be sold. The nearest of such centres is 12Km away, the transport cost takes a lot of money but having a tractor with a trailer would be ideal.

Lack of farm field schools is another big challenge. These would provide training to farmers and farm assistants.

Access to capital remains the major challenge. Many rural farmers have land but the crops they plant in a season can barely feed them and their families and also have surplus for sale. They cannot cultivate large areas or buy Agricultural inputs to improve production.

Unpredictable rains are another challenge, farmers often plant as soon as the rains start but most times the rains last and crops end up drying. This is a reason we need to introduce irrigation farming.

Available Resources:

  • Land
  • Labour
  • Enthusiasm to have the project

Required Resources:

  1. Funding is required so as to acquire a tractor and its accessories which will also be availed for hire and funds accruing from it will be used for maintenance of the same.
  2. Seeds and seedlings
  3. Motorbikes for reaching out to farmers at least 2
  4. Funds to drill water source that can be used for irrigation purposes and watering seedlings during dry periods
  5. Funds to develop the irrigation system
  6. Personnel at least trained farmer assistants for outreaches and expert advice to farmers and office secretary
  7. Computer and stationery
  8. Acquiring a grinding mill
  9. Juice extracting and pakaging machines

The implementation will be done in phases and funds are also required in phases so as to realise the dream.
For phase one the budget is a follows;

  • A tractor and its accessories- 25150 Euros
  • Motor bikes,2-1000 Euros
  • Computer and stationery- 600Euros
  • Drilling water source-8000 Euros
  • Seeds, Seedlings, Bee hives and inputs-4600 Euros
  • Water harvesting systems- 4750 Euros
  • Irrigation system -8570 Euros
  • Total of 54670 Euros is needed.

Future plans:
To fully establish Olilim Agro-foresters and Environmentalists as a practical, sustainable project that can be replicated both within the Olilim village as well as in nearby villages and later country wide.
Whilst the Iteso are the dominant ethnic group in the association, future plans include opening up programs to include the neighbouring karimojong people whose area is a dry corridor. Probably with sufficient food stocks the region will greatly improve and will stop raiding and begging for food from neighbours and the relief to Karamoja syndrome will end.






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