Cauliflower Production for Income Generation
By Eunice Ndaru, a key farmer in the Nutrition and Income Generation Intervention project.
TEREGO DISTRICT, UGANDA – I had never harvested green vegetables from my garden until I met the East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer Foundation (EWS-KT) team. I used to buy vegetables from the market, and yet I had enough land to grow them. My family risked malnutrition when there was not enough money to buy vegetables, or when there were not enough vegetables for sale in the market.
I attended a training in Noa, my village, that was organised by the EWS-KT team. I was able to learn different techniques of vegetable farming like improved seedling production, soil preparation and conservation, and mulching.
I decided to grow cauliflower because of its early maturation and its good nutrition. Just a few weeks after transplanting the seedlings, I started benefiting from my cauliflower demonstration field by consuming the leaves and selling the surplus to generate income.
“I have become a change agent in my community and am now solving the problem of malnutrition in my family and the community at large.”
I have become a change agent in my community and am now solving the problem of malnutrition in my family and the community at large. My fellow women in Noa admire what I have accomplished—they come to me for advice, and some have adopted vegetable production.
My future plan is to grow other crops like tomatoes and cabbages, and I have used part of the money I earned from the demonstration field to buy the necessary agricultural inputs and more seeds.
Nutrition and Income Generation Intervention (NIGI) improves access to and consumption of nutritious crops and increases income for refugees and hosts in refugee settlement areas in the West Nile Region of Uganda. This project is co-funded by Netherlands Embassy Uganda and is managed by EWS-KT in collaboration with Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation.