The main income source for families in rural Uganda is crop sales. It is likely to remain so for a long period. Therefore, it is imperative that agricultural practices are scaled in order to maintain a profits. The Smart Village project will educate the community on the importance of agriculture in the rural economy and expose them to modern agricultural practices.
To fulfill PTHA’s goals of accelerating agricultural development and attaining food security, the Smart Village program will:
• Help community members obtain the knowledge, skills, expertise, tools, equipment, and infrastructure to engage in agricultural production.
• Provide education on nutrition and the preparation of nutritious meals.
• Train residents in the production, harvesting, processing, and marketing of their agricultural commodity (e.g., maize, poultry).
• Organize agricultural cooperatives to support community engagement; support cooperatives’ needs for equipment and crop storage. Encourage participation as teams, provide start-up credits, and create food chains, food storage, and bulk sales.
• Establish demonstration farms with crops and animals and encourage students to have similar farms at home.