Katende Harambe Rural – Urban Centre is a family – owned and run project, and is formally registered as Harambe Consultants, a communication and behavioural consultancy firm. In 2004, the consultancy opened a training and demonstration centre for sustainable faming on a piece of land located near one of the city suburbs, Kyaliwajala (Namugongo Nsawo Village). Kira Town Council-Wakiso district 5km away from Kireka of Jinja Road off Namugongo road.
The project was owner is Jane Magoba Nyanzi (Chairperson), assisted by Ssemwogerere Robert and Theresa Nampijja (Research and administration respectively). The project was named in the memory of the family patriarch, the late Katende Michael, who inspired his family to create wealth through farming. Harambe is the Kiswahili word for “togetherness”. Two consultants, one from Kenya and the other from Kulika, Uganda, were later contracted for technical support as well as designing of Katende Harambe projects that would be suitable for and beneficial to the rural small – scale farmer.
Mr. Kigoye Godfrey is a senior trainer who is involved in research and appropriate technology transfer to rural farmers. He heads Katende Harambe’s training department. The project’s farm is situated on a 5 acre piece of land, housing more than 16 projects and two accommodation structures, as well as a meeting room, which is also used as a meeting room, which is also used as the classroom as well as a dinning room and feed & food processing plant (Maize & feed mill and mixure).
To provide quality training and extension services in integrated farming to urban and rural communities, small-scale farmers and partner organizations.
Social transformation of the proprietors and other beneficially stakeholders through shared training and modern agricultural productions
Katende Harambe project was designed with the intention of alleviating hunger and poverty among small-scale rural and urban farmers in Uganda and neighbouring countries.
Traditionally in Uganda, many households have depended too much on subsistence agriculture, which is characterized by low production of both food and cash crops. This leads to insufficient incomes and meager household food production. Such low productivity breeds poverty and bears a negative impact on our economy, which is largely based on agriculture.
Unfortunately, many small-scale farmers have never considered agriculture as a commercial enterprise. To remedy this, Katende Harambe has put in place structures to address the problem through.
- Sensitizing farmers and training them to improve their agricultural practices.
- Putting in place a good extension network
- Creating and supporting farmer groups through which farmers are empowered to create supportive marketing logistics.
- Proper use of natural resources.
- Periodical provision of start-up capital to deserving farmers.
- Continuous research and sharing of information with interested farmers, leaders and policy makers.
- Provision of alternative sources of energy.
- Production of high yielding agricultural products.
FORM OF TRAINING
Our training focuses on sustainable intensification and commercialization of smallholder farm production by facilitating the improvement of agricultural practices through training and on-farm technical support services, planning and management, capacity building, storage, processing and marketing, appropriate technology and improved livestock and crop husbandry.
Katende Harambe designed a training curriculum and the course takes 8 to 12 weeks to complete. Clients are free to come in at any time, depending on prior arrangement, but are advised to complete the course.
The project has a demo farm that is used to teach farmers through demonstration (covering 70% of the curriculum), and this practical experience gives a chance to illiterate farmers to learn through direct involvement.
The project’s beneficiaries get on-the-spot advice on their farms as scheduled by the trainers. This gives an opportunity to clients, NGOs, institutes and schools that would like to hire a trainer to do so. The charge per paper presented is between UGX. 100,000/- and UGX, 200,000/- for practical sessions for not more than 30 trainees (excluding meals, accommodation and transport of the presenter/trainer). The project also offers basic survey, farm planning, feasibility studies and monitoring & evaluation of Agricultural programmes upon agreement with clients.
Katende Harambe build a strong Network with client NGO’s, institutions, schools, firms like Buganda Kingdom, feed the children Uganda., Makerere University Nkozi, Naads Kabaale, Naads Iganga, Heifer International, Save the Children World Food Program, Redeemer Children’s Home Moyo, Secondary Schools, Primary Schools, Kindergarten, C.B.O’s.
Bookings can be made through the project office and training manager by telephone or email(Tel: 0751004300/0772531157/(firstname.lastname@example.org). It should be done at least 3 days in advance. Clients should book in with their topics of interest to ease the preparation of training material and logistics.
For a one-day training and guided tour, a nominal fee of ten thousand (UGX. 10,000/- inclusive of meals) is charged and five thousand (UGX. 5,000/-) without meals per person. Secondary students and primary pupil’s are charged 200,000/l- per group of (30) inclusive meals and 100,000/- without meals residential training goes for 25,000/= per person per night spent which includes; meals, accommodation and training.
The project brings together a team of highly trained and skilled individuals from various fields who complement each other in the provision of training.
Below are the technical members;
- Jane Magoba Nyanzi: MSc (Mass Com.) London School of Economics, UK.
- Stella Ssendagi: MEng. (Agricultural Engineering) University of Pretoria,
- Ssemwogerere, M. Robert: MA (PAM) MUK
- Mulambuzi Pafra: BA (Arts) MUK, Cert. in Agricultural Extension
(NORDIC Agric. College Odense, Denmarm.
- Nampijja Theresa: MSc (TT) Manipal University, India
- Dr. Berna Naknwagi: BVM (MUK)
- Dr. Sandra Namatovu: BVM (MUK)
- Dr. Ssetimba: BVM (MUK)
- Kigoye Godfrey: Agriculturist, Kulika Charitable Trust
Cert. in comm. Development & PRA
- Mugisha Emmanuel: MA (PAM) MUK
- Senteza, K. Paul: BA (SWASA) MUK
- Timbiti Moses BA (Arts) MUK – Trainer
- Polinali Ndimutenda: Trainer – Agriculturist, Ssese Farm School.