The Plants and Health’s Projects
DUFA’s PHCS committee supports the Plant and Health Cooperative Society in Aduku in Apac District in Northern Uganda. The committee members have together with PHCSs leadership successfully applied for and run now 3 projects funded by CISU (Civil Society in Development, a Danish Civil Society Organisation undertaking the administration of Danida’s fund for development of the Civil Society in the Global South).
The funding has been used for education of leadership and members in PHCS. During the latest project they increased their knowledge and skills in the capacity to run a cooperative as a democratic farmers association, and they gained skills on how to increase the yield from their agricultural activities. They have earlier learned to prepare and sell syrup, cakes and snacks, and they have attended workshops how to prepare healthy meals, hygiene and preservation of food.
The Plants and Health Cooperative Society
The Plants and Health Cooperative Society is a marketing cooperative. It sells soya beans on behalf of the 500 members that get a better price by bulking their produce. Each of the members are a member of a farmers’ group. The members supervise each other and receive advice from PHCS. PHCS supplies them with the seeds. This has made the cooperative very popular among the poor farmers. They are unable to buy seed of good quality themselves. They borrow the seeds and pay back with interest after the harvest.
Many of the farmer’s groups have a circle where the members save together and take loans from their saving.
Men and women have equal rights in relation to the cooperative. Both men and women sign up as members, buy shares, participate in training and meetings, and sign contracts for delivery of their harvest. The cooperative acts as a leverage for women’s rights e.g. to receive the income from their work, and to inherit (the shares), while most women depend on good relations to their husbands when it comes to land for cultivation.
The Plants and Health Committee
DUFA’s Plants and Health Committee meets quarterly to discuss and approve the reports, accounts and budgets from PHCS, answer questions from PHCS and eventually give advice or revise the plans for the project. One group member acts as contact person. Beside a committee member travels to monitor the project 2 to 3 times in a project period. Such a visit often results in small adjustment of the project.
Members of Plant & Health
- Anita Iga
- Karen Ingrid Schultz
- David Obwoyna
- Patrick Nyangkori
- Agea Peters Go-DEOS
- Sanne Nielsen
- David Okwera
- Liva Kasch Hansen
- Maja Pilegaard
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Follow the link below to a presentation of the Plants and Health Cooperative :