Happy, healthy and self sustaining village communities in northern Uganda.
Kick poverty out of northern Uganda through farming, education and enablement
For a farmer to farm he/she needs seeds and to get seeds you need money. That's where the story began and ended for thousands of farmers in the post conflict area of northern Uganda.
When Alison Hall MBE learned about this, and the plight of farmers in Uganda when their crops fail, at a conference in Norway in 2007 she decided to do something.
Reluctant to give the farmers handouts, we devised a way that farmers could borrow seeds and repay the financial value when they could - a bit like micro-finance with seeds. The farmers receive enough seed for one acre of land (normally about 10kgs of maize) and they grow them with the other farmers in their group.
Once harvested, they come together and collectively sell the crops at a much higher price than if they were selling as individuals. As the years went by we started to support the farmers with longer term crops such as pineapples and today we are working on an exciting project to grow coffee on a commercial scale.
The number of farmers we supported increased to more than 3,000 and we were losing our personal connection with the farmers. In 2014, after meeting with village elders and leaders, we move to a more holistic community development approach and now work together with seven remote farming communities near Gulu and Kitgum in northern Uganda.
Meet The Team
We are a small team that packs a big punch!
In the UK, Alison and Penny both have full time jobs and run Seeds for Development in their spare time and Sue tirelessly promotes our work and raises funds.
We take care of everything ourselves and have no overheads, meaning 100% of donations go to our projects in Uganda.
In Uganda, our projects are split by location. In the villages near Gulu we have a wonderful team of community volunteers who are co-ordinated by our Project Manager Pamela
In the 3 villages near Kitgum, we work in partnership with Forgotten People's Projects (FPP) who run the three nursery schools we support in Kitgum and Pader.
Alison Hall MBE
Founder of Forgotten People's Projects
Community Leader and Trainer
Community Leader in Otici
Community Leader in Putuke
Coordinator in Putuke
Community Leader in Nge Kidi
Coordinator in Paibwor
Community Leadership and Logistics Expert
We are supported by some amazing experts on the ground in Uganda.
Susan Wamala is an outstanding head teacher! Voted as one of the top 40 influential people in primary education in Uganda we are so grateful and proud that she supports us with our education projects.
Timothy Njakasi has been voted one of the top 50 farmers in Uganda! He runs an organic agricultural training centre where he trains farmers from all over Uganda and neighbouring countries as well as volunteers from the UK and USA.
Elly Nkalubo takes great care of us during our visits. Elly is the Local Village Councillor in Mukono, making him the most important person in his community and a wonderful source of knowledge and expertise on community relations.