NSARWU's goal is to promote increased agricultural production. The activities associated with the goal are:
- Securing necessary inputs such as high yielding seeds.
- Securing advisory or extension/technical services for the women groups.
- Acquiring exotic animals for improved production.
- Assisting beneficiaries market their produce.
- Promotion of food processing.
- Promotion of natural resource management.
The Secretariat received proposals from rural women which were forwarded to various donors. Funding was again received from UNDP after submission of the women's proposals. The groups were from Mbale, Kumi, Soroti, Kitgum, Gulu, and Nebbi to start a variety of income generation projects. We recognize the efforts of Hon. Christine Aporu, Mrs. Catherine Mavenjina, Mrs. Ekemu, Dr. Nyeko and Mrs. Onen in mobilizing groups for this project. Mr. Kyamanywa and Mr. Sam Ibanda are thanked for the assistance they offered at inception.
One of the beneficiaries from Mbale, Constance Mabonga, had this to say:
" Through this project we have added milk to our daily diet which has greatly improved nutrition in our families. We are also able to sell some of the milk to raise some money to run day to day activities in our families. This improved several aspects offamilies like clothing, feeding and education of our children"
Later, in 1995 -1996, more proposals were submitted to various donors. USAID/IDEA Project funded Luuka group in Iganga district. A heifer project was also introduced. The total number of women was 900 and 20 for the heifer project. NSARWU is indebted to the leadership of Mr. Mark Wood for this project.
At that time it was necessary to carry out a needs assessment survey for those groups which had not received any grants. The First Lady's initiative enabled NSARWU to carry out the survey and funds totaling 13,000 dollars were acquired from ILO for the districts of Tororo, Kabale, Mpigi, Lira and Ntungamo. The selection was done taking into account regional representation. A report was finally produced by consultants and provided guidance for NSARWU's prioritization of future programs. We recognize the efforts of Mr. John Mpyisi and Professor Jossy Bibangambah for the reports.
In the year 2001, a crop production project was started in Luwero and Mpigi districts, using high yielding seeds for 460 farmers with SG 2000 support. Some farmers were successful, others were not due to a variety of reasons. The erratic weather destroyed some crops and yet others were frustrated by poor marketing due to the low prices offered and the poor roads which were not accessible. There are plans right now to establish a rural stop centre in collaboration with SG 2000 for 27 groups in Nkozi sub county, Mpigi dsitrict. This will be a community owned project for capacity building in the area of food processing and marketing. We are greatly indebted to Dr. Michael Foster for this project.
Other areas under the exercise included Kiboga, Mbarara, Mpigi and Luwero. Complementary efforts by the First Lady extended to Bushenyi and Kamuli districts where clonal coffee seeds were supplied to the farmers by UCDA as shown in the table.