Email: info@kmdf.or.ug

Tel: +256 773 444 665

Sustainable Food Program (2020-2024)

From 2020 to 2024, KMDF and the Sustainable food Forum will implement the following initiatives
1)    Supporting the SFF to create more resilient and inclusive food systems
KMDF will support the Sustainable Food Forum (SFF) within the Municipality and to build a basis for action. Through the SFF, KMDF will assist Kabale Municipal Council and its local governments in identifying and understanding gaps, bottlenecks and opportunities for sustainable planning, informed decision making, prioritizing investments, designing sustainable food policies and strategies to improve local food systems. This will be done through
a)    Strengthening capacity of local actors within a local food system to improve food and nutrition security.
b)    Strengthening urban-rural linkages for more inclusive, efficient and resilient activities of small-scale agriculture within a local food system while ensuring sustainable use of natural resources.
c)    Fostering participatory multi-stakeholder dialogue processes to build ownership by all actors.
d)    Scaling up practices by evaluating, monitoring and mapping the Municipality

2)    Developing Sustainable Food framework and action plan
KMDF will support members of the SFF to develop Sustainable Food framework and action plan that will underline priority areas of intervention to build sustainable and resilient food systems. This process will involve
a) Participatory multi-stakeholder dialogue. It is essential for it to be on-going at all stages in the process
b) Food system assessment. This provides the basis for in depth analysis, defines baseline indicators for identified issues, monitors changes and progress, and develops indexes (to describe status, constraints, bottlenecks).
c) Policy support and participatory planning. This will allow building scenarios, developing strategies and action plans to address local priorities and strengthen urban-rural linkages while considering forecasted urbanization trends and implications on agricultural land, resources and local production. Training needs and opportunities for strengthening farmers’ production will be identified.
d)  Knowledge sharing, dissemination and training

3)    Support for the Growing of Local Foods
Sustain Harvest. This seeks to reduce financial barriers to food gardening by providing Municipality residents with free gardening resources, including:
a)    Community Food Gardening Classes This three-part food gardening class series is offered for free at host sites located in communities facing health disparities and food insecurity. The classes cover the basics of starting and caring for a food garden, growing seasons, planting techniques, container gardening, organic pest control, and composting. The curriculum and class structure emphasize participatory, hands-on learning, and students spend half of each class outside working in and observing food gardens.
b)    Community Garden Support & Training: Grow Local helps Municipality residents start and sustain community gardens by providing education, consultation, and fiscal sponsorship. A community garden is a parcel of land cooperatively gardened by a group of people. These gardens offer individuals and families a place to grow their own healthy food—especially those who don’t have space at home.
c)    Teaching Garden: The Teaching Garden demonstrates sustainable food gardening techniques that are well suited to Municipality's semi-arid climate. This garden is always open for self-guided visits.
d)    School Garden Support & Training: SFF's Grow Local helps teachers, parents, and community members in the Municipality start, use, and sustain successful school gardens by offering trainings, resources, educational materials, and consultation. School gardens can serve as an outdoor classroom for multiple subjects and connect students to the food system.

4)    Support for the Farm Express
This initiative promotes access to fresh, healthy food by connecting local farmers with schools, worksites, and food service operations and with shoppers through a network of farmers’ markets. This direct connection between consumer and producer strengthens our local economy, provides environmental benefits, and helps promote the culture of food. We envision a future where everyone in our community sources a significant portion of their food from local farmers and ranchers. The following are the activities
a)    Weekly SFF Farmers' Markets are vibrant events that connect local growers and shoppers to ensure that local, healthy food gets on their plates at home.
b)    Direct marketing projects — Farm to Work, Farm to School, and Farm Stands — connect local farmers with schools, worksites, and neighborhoods to provide fresh produce to individuals and institutions and strengthen the local economy. Farm to Work is an employee wellness and Farm Direct marketing project that connects local farmers with employees at partner worksites. Farmers deliver local fruits and vegetables directly to the workplace. Farm to Work seeks to increase fruit and vegetable intake among employees and their households by decreasing cost, improving convenience, and increasing access while also creating a new sales opportunity for local farmers.

5)    Support for the Sustainable Kitchen
Through Sustainable Kitchen, SFF offers community cooking classes and nutrition education classes for the preparation of meals that are delicious, nutritious, seasonal and affordable, ensuring lasting dietary changes.
a)    The Good Kitchen is a place where people come together to learn skills and self-sufficiency in preparing healthy, economical meals, laugh, cook, and enjoy food together. We envision a future where everyone engages with their food system through cooking and healthy eating.
b)    Free 6-week Cooking Class Series: Our six week cooking class series is offered for free to participants in communities facing health disparities. These classes are taught by trained peer Facilitators who deliver these classes to their own communities.
c)    Public Cooking Classes: We offer classes to the general public that teach fundamental cooking skills, ethnic cuisines and seasonal eating in our Teaching Kitchen
d)    Private Group Cooking Classes: We offer private group cooking classes in a hands-on style. These classes are a great way to bring your group together in a team-building experience while encouraging participants to try new foods and choose healthier options.

6)    Support for the Sustainable Markets
SFF markets are attended by more than 100 vendors, including local farms and artisans.
The SFF hosts two weekly farmers' markets every Saturday from 9am to 1 pm and every Wednesday.  Both SFF Farmers’ Markets are producer-only, which means that farmers may only sell what they grow, and other vendors can only sell products that they themselves produce. This is our assurance to our customers that they are supporting local farmers and are purchasing the best food for themselves and their families. Visit either of our SFF Farmers' Markets and find:
a)    Dozens  of local fruit and veggie farmers
b)    Local cheeses, meats, and eggs
c)    Flowers, herbs, plants and soaps
d)    Jams, jellies and honey, plus delicious ready-to-eat foods
e)    Interactive  activities and children's activities
f)    Live music every week

7)    Support for the Double Shillings
The Double Shillings initiative doubles the amount of food assistance Shillings an individual can spend on fresh, local fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets and farm stands throughout the Municipality.

Our Address

Kabale Municipality Development Foundation
Association House
Plot 6 Bwankosya Road, Kabale (Uganda)
P.O Box, 264, Kabale.
Email: info@kmdf.or.ug
Tel: +256-773-444-665
Fax: +25648623201
Website: http://www.kmdf.or.ug
 

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