Stage 3: Proof of Concept
During 2014, Bobo Eco Farm took lead to show community how we can improve on our environment by taking simple steps such as tree planting. The Farm planted a total of 363 gravellier around the perimeter fence of the farm and 24 casuarinas around the Farm offices. Again, the Farm donated some trees to the neighbours to plant along their boundaries. Leading by example!
This is going to be an annual activity where Bobo Eco Farm will give tree seedlings to community members and encourage them to plant them along their boundaries to help in preserving the environment
Bobo Eco-farm promotes ‘Eco-smart’ farming among surrounding communities. The farm currently partners withMAMAHto support food and nutrition security specifically targeting mothers, children under five years, and People Living with HIV/AIDS. These are the most vulnerable groups in our communities at great risk of losing life due to hunger and malnutrition related causes.
BOBO Eco-farm managers and workers are proud ‘smart farmers’ who actively promote farming both for food and as a business.
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This innovation concists of low-cost, small scale farm units that transform organic waste to animal feed by utilizing black solder fly and its larvae in Uganda.
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Innovations at Bobo Eco Farm -- "We innovate not to compete, but to change the rules of the game"
In Sub-Saharan Africa, agriculture accounts for 70 per cent of the labour force, over 25 per cent of GDP and 20 per cent of agribusiness. In Ugandan, Over 70% of the population (34million people) earns its livelihood from agriculture, majority of these are smallholder farmers.
The agricultural sector is facing escalating demand for food and feeds; by 2050, agriculture will need to produce 70 percent more food globally, and 100 percent more in developing countries.It’s a challenge in the context of climate change.Farmers already face a situation of declining water resources, frequent & prolonged droughts, diminishing soil fertility, environmental degradation, and pests & diseases. Clearly, we will need to produce more with less!
Bobo Eco Farm is dedicated to incubating innovations that can be adapted and replicated by smallholder farmers for their own use.
Domestic Water Recycling:
Bobo Eco Farm is piloting domestic level ‘used water capture’ and re-use to improve food production.Globally, for a future population of 9.6 billion (2050), we will need 70% more food while having 30% less water.
The average person in Uganda uses up to 5.2 gallons of water a day for domestic purposes - bathrooms/kitchens etc. This water can be captured & reused for food production – but contains large quantities of chemical elements found in soap and detergents and other soluble inorganic compounds. However they can be effectively removed by the water hyacinth-Eichhornia crassipes, in a way which is low-cost and environmentally friendly. TherootsofEichhornia crassipesnaturally absorbpollutants, includinglead,mercury, andstrontium-90, as well as some organic compounds believed to becarcinogenic, in concentrations 10,000 times that in the surrounding water.
This innovation empowers farmers to grow food all year round from recycled water streams and be less dependent on nature for agricultural rain.
Pioneering Insect Rearing for Feeds in Uganda:
Livestock are a mainstay of rural livelihoods in Uganda contributing food, and manure for arable production as well as forming a key source of financial security for smallholder farmers. Feeds account for 70% of livestock production costs, and climate change has contributed to greater scarcity of livestock feeds hence, increased reliance on factory feeds whose source of protein is the small silver fish and soy beans – that are also a key source of protein for humans, especially infants & children. This raises concern in a situation where malnutrition is already a challenge.
Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL):
Bobo Eco Farm with her partners is developing a low-tech equipment to breed larvae of the Black Soldier Fly (BSF) speciesHermetia illucensthat converts organic waste materials into insect protein to feed poultry and pigs. The prototype being developed at Bobo Eco Farm is mainly for demonstration and training purposes for smallholder farmers who may adapt and replicate the system for their own use.
To learn more about rearing black soldier flies follow this linkhttp://blacksoldierflyblog.com/
Bobo Eco Farm is piloting captive breeding ofred earthwormsfor integration into the organic farming system for smallholder farmers. The activity of red earthworms normally result into high nutrient-holding capacity of the soils, high nitrogen content, high organic-matter content and good soil structure and aggregation.
Earthworms may also be an alternative source of protein for animal feeds, while the rearing unit produces high quality organic manure as a bi-product. Earth worms are said to be of higher protein values than silver fish. So, farmers won’t need to divert silver fish from our children to feed poultry & pigs neither will they need to open more land to cultivate soybeans for animal proteins. We will roll out this to the farmers as soon as the pilot phase is over.
‘Feeding Cluster’ System for Banana Planting:
The feeding cluster system for banana planting pioneered at Bobo Eco Farm improves nutrient efficiency while increasing food output per unit area by up to 400% compared to the conventional way of planting bananas.