Due to the success and popularity of our practical skills sessions, and the positive feedback we’ve received from teachers, students and communities that we expanded the CIP model into the Agricultural sector which employs 80% of Uganda’s population (NPHC 2014).
However our emphasis remains majorly on the women and girls that are more affected by societal norms and the gender income inequality where only 37.3% of females are in paid employment. We therefore aim to reach 50,000 girls in this program.
It was upon this background that the Agrik Camp to skill youth in agriculture and provide output markets was born. The Agri-camp is aiming to reach out to 3,500 youth, women and girls from each of the regions of Uganda like East (Kamuli and Mbale), Center (Luwero and Mubende), West (Masindi and Bushenyi) and North (Gulu and Lira).
This Agrik Camp is always facilitated by ICT invention where we launch different IT Agricultural innovations for example our CIPA App which is an agricultural app that was developed to empower Ugandan Farmers to sell agricultural produce and get real time information about the various agricultural markets, modern farming methods including artificial intelligence application for diagnosing pest diseases and also allow farmers to access tools in various districts.
CIP engages smallholder farmers (Youth, especially women and girls) in different regions of Uganda for skills sessions aiming to impart knowledge on how they can participate in agriculture or if they already are, increase yield and value of crops and do all this whilst linking them to input and output markets.
CIP is convinced of the untapped potential in investing in youth to join agriculture, and the impact that would have on not only their livelihoods but the nation’s productivity as a whole.