Akankiza Samson, Spirulina Cultivation in Rural Uganda
Akankiza Samson is helping to change the lives of women, children, and entire communities in the rural village of Sonde-Namugongo, located in the Wakiso District of Uganda, through the cultivation of Spirulina.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae rich in minerals and antioxidants. It has the highest protein content of any natural food (55-70%), grows in shallow water tanks, and doubles its biomass every 2-5 days. When harvested and processed it provides a comprehensive, cost effective solution to malnutrition that improves physical growth, cognitive development, and disease immunity in children. It also serves as an excellent source of dietary protein, B-complex vitamins, iron, and antioxidants.
Through his project, Akankiza aims to provide women and children from the community with training and resources to begin cultivating Spirulina, both for commercial markets and for local use as a dietary supplement. He is currently in the process of constructing a Spirulina demonstration farm, where local women will be trained and be given the tools to create a business plan.
Ultimately, Akankiza hopes that the project will produce a framework for sustainable livelihoods based on Spirulina, one that can be utilized in similar communities throughout Uganda.
GRANT AWARD DATE: May 12, 2015