Martin Morris Okolo Etukoit, HortiCulture for Urban Poor
In the wake of a decade of warfare and endemic poverty, many Ugandans have fled to cities where they struggle to eke out an existence in slums without access to jobs, food, or clean water.
Martin Morris Okolo Etukoit and several like-minded colleagues at AID Uganda are using their skills as urban and peri-urban farmers to provide impoverished residents living in the Oderai area of Soroti, Uganda with the tools necessary to sustain and literally grow their communities.
Through the HortiCulture for Urban Poor project, Martin and his peers have procured land for the creation of a greenhouse where residents will be able to plant, grow, and harvest produce.
Through the project, 35 participants will plan and maintain of parts of the greenhouse. Participants will be able to grow a variety of crops such as tomatoes, carrots, onions, and peppers.
Additionally, while Martin and other farmers will provide both project management and material support, Martin hopes that the peer-to-peer cooperation model will help to build social networks between and amongst participants.
For more information on the project, please visit AID Uganda’s Facebook page.
GRANT AWARD DATE: June 30, 2015