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How Profitable and Sustainable Small-Scale Agribusiness ventures improve Household Income and Nutrition


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PRIORITY THEME: Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all

VENUE: Conference Room D; United Nations Headquarters in New York;

SIDE EVENT ORGANIZER: Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization (KIRUCODO)

MAIN SIDE EVEN SPONSORS: Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) and Women Thrive

Session Abstract:

The Global Nutrition Report 2017 calls for nutrition to be placed at the heart of efforts to end poverty, fight diseases, raise educational standards and tackle climate change.

According to Akinwumi Adesina President of African Development Bank,  Africa’s economic progress is being undermined by hunger, malnutrition and stunting, which cost at least US$25 billion annually in sub-Saharan Africa, and leave a lasting legacy of loss, pain and ruined potential. Stunted children today lead to stunted economies tomorrow.

Over 75% of the population in Sub-Sahara Africa depends on Agriculture as main source of income and daily food supply. However, with the growing population, land for agriculture is becoming minimal and demand for food is rapidly increasing every now and then. Making Agriculture and Nutrition data open, as well as building capacities of smallholder farmers in Profitable and Sustainable Small-Scale Agribusiness ventures (PS3AgriVents) is key in eradicating poverty and improving nutrition at household level. Further, Investing in gender equality and women empowerment can unlock human potential on a transformational scale because according to the World Bank Women account for one-half of the potential human capital in any economy and they make up 40 percent of the agriculture labor force.

During the session, experiences will be shared about such PS3AgriVents which have been tested and currently changing lives in poor rural households in Uganda. Further, strategies will be discussed in connection to benefits of making Agriculture and Nutrition Data Open, market access, appropriates technologies, gender equality in relation to property ownership, access to startup capital, and value addition of agricultural produces before put on market.

List of Presentations

  1. Recoded Video message from GODAN CEO
  2. Video on Making Agriculture Nutrition Data Free for achieving Global Food Nutrition Security
  3. How Profitable and Sustainable Small-Scale Kuroiler Chicken Keeping is Improving Rural Household Income and Nutrition BY Mr. Robert Kibaya; Executive Director Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization (KIRUCODO).
  4. How Small-Scale Profitable vegetable Farming  is improving Household Income and Nutrition BY Jackie Kyomugisha of Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization (KIRUCODO).


Mr. Callum McDonald of New York, USA

Ms. Davie Jennifer of New York, USA

Ms. Nguyen Jennifer Thien Huong  of New York USA

Ms. Haley Johnson of New York USA




A Cage with 22 Chicks was yesterday Delivered to Kibiribiri C/U Primary school (Sponsored by Bluebonnet Hills Christian Church of Austin Texas)


This year Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization (KIRUCODO) with assistance from Bluebonnet Hills Christian Church of Austin Texas, USA initiated  Small-Scale Commercial Caged Poultry Keeping for supporting Poor Rural Child Education and Nutrition needs

For the passed week, activities have been going on as reflected in this Blog Post and yesterday we were able to deliver a cage with a total of 22 One-Month old Kuroiler chicks to Kibiribiri Church of Uganda Primary school. The cage is attached to selected needy pupils in the school and they are supposed to learn how to keep the chicken in the cage and thereafter each of the pupils will be given his or her own cage with a total of 30 chicks. With this project, a pupil will be able to save not less than $2 a day; totaling to $60 a month which is just enough to cater for his or her education needs as well as feeding.

Based on the above, a donor can extend a life time donation to a needy child worthy $1,000 and this will be enough to have the cage fabricated as well as catering for the chicks till they begin to lay eggs. Once they begin to lay eggs, the kid will not need any additional financial support as he or she can maintain the day today expenses though the sale of poultry products such as eggs, incubated chicks, and off-layers.

Below are some of the photos we captured on delivering the Cage to Kibiribiri C/U Primary school.

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KIRUCODO is please to inform you that the customs and shipment expenses for the skills development equipment donation from Tools With a Mission (TWAM) of UK has been paid for by Blue Bonnet Hills Christian Church of Austin Texas, USA. We sincerely thank the ENTIRE congregation of the above named church led by Pastor Dr. Landon Shultz. Further, we thank TWAM for donating all the equipment. We were informed that the container is already in Uganda and once it gets cleared at the customs then we shall have the equipment collected from TWAM warehouse here in Uganda ready for business. For your information, below is the Gift Certification from Tools With A  Mission (TWAM)







Tools with a Mission
2 Bailey Close Hadleigh Road Industrial Estate Ipswich IP2 0UD
Tel +44 (0)1473 210220 Fax +44 (0)1473 210293 email:
Company No.  5114575   Charity Number 1104903
Delivery Address: Kikandwa Rural Communities Date: Aug-12
494 Kikandwa Village
Kabembe Parish
Contact: Robert Kibaya TWAM Order No: 2012
Email:  258 K


This is to certify that the goods detailed in the above packing list in this consignment
are all a free gift from Tools With A Mission. There is no foreign currency exchange.



David White                   

Overseas Director






KIRUCODO Rain Harvest Water tank for Primary schools

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P.5 pupils for Kikandwa Church of Uganda Primary school during training

Since 2011, Bluebonnet Hills Christian Church of Austin Texas USA has been supporting the skills development training program of community people in and around Kikandwa villages.

In February 2012, skills development training services were also extended to primary pupils in Kikandwa Church of Uganda Primary School and currently two classes are participating as per the following list indicate.

KIRUCODO will soon setup three additional community skills development training centers within three identified community rural primary schools to serve pupils, teachers and community people especially school dropouts, women and unemployed youths.

The current training sponsorship from Bluebonnet Hills Christian Church will expire at the end of this month (September) and it is on this note that we call on your support to help cover the training expenses for the months of October and November. For each month, US$ 160 is needed to cover the trainer’s allowances and training materials of 25 participants.

If interested in supporting our skills development training programs, please feel free to contact us at

Lastly, below is a slideshow during the training of one of the primary classes.

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The tank under construction. The wooden mold is being collapsed and removed to allow plastering inside the tank and installing the top cover

Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization (KIRUCODO) a Non-Governmental and Non-Profit Organization based in Uganda East Africa with a focus at empowering and developing rural community people, initiated a Rain Water Harvesting Concrete Tank Project (RWH) with the help of provided tank architectural plans from Tools With Mission (TWAM) of UK. The project business plan which is currently under modification following the recent tank installation in Kikandwa village, is aiming at reaching to 4,000 rural communities households.

To kick start on the project activities, a number of material and resources had to be in place like the tank mold or form, etc which the Organization could not afford just immediately. Thanks to our Organization volunteer (Mr. Scott Rosewell) based in Canada who dedicated his time, money and skills to come down on ground to Kikandwa village here in Uganda to have the first tank installed at a community local primary school called Kikandwa Church of Uganda Primary School (Kikandwa Church of Uganda Primary School).

The activities seen in the photo slide show below were registered between 19th March to 05th April 2012 and Mr. Scott reported to us on 16th March 2012 and left on 06th April 2012 after completing his valued task.

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The tank was left to cure for ten days and this coming Friday 13 April 2012, we are going to have it connected to gutters ready to harvest water. Though we used 1500L plan, the tank at Kikandwa is estimated to collect between 2800L to 3000L.

The first tank installation aimed at reveling to us actual costing of the tank before we can have them constructed for rural households. In our modified plan to come soon, we shall be in position to construct tanks of 3000L for families in most cases and above that capacity for schools and other bigger institutions.

We are currently reviewing all the costs to come up with the actual costing of a single tank and so far we have a fair estimate of between US$ 250 to US$ 400 provided the form is in place. Once the form is made, it can be used to construct between 40 to 70 tanks before it can be replaced and this depends on how you handle it and the quality of materials you used during its construction.

Though we thought we could give the tanks free of charge to families; we now think to introduce a fair cost sharing strategy of about 20% of the total cost to make sure that whoever receives a tank donation has some attachment and responsibility. However, there such very poor families which we might waive from this percentage but this will depend on the approval by the project management team and availability of funds.

Lastly, if you are interested in donating a rain water harvesting tank to a poor rural family, feel free to contact us at for more information about the already identified families and or community schools.


Poverty in Rural Africa cannot be eradicated if the great percentage of citizens is not productive.

Primary school Children Making Button Holes during a tailoring training class at KIRUCODO Community Skills Development Centre, in Kikandwa Village

Primary school Children Making Button Holes during a tailoring training class at KIRUCODO Community Skills Development Centre, in Kikandwa Village

In Uganda and Africa in General, a person becomes productive economically when he has dropped out of school or when he finished school. This means that the age range from 0 to 25 years is depending on their parents to survive in most cases. Further, when a person finished university at about 25 years of age, that person has no job and has to look for one in most cases. About 95% of the Ugandan (Africa in general) graduates look for employment and about 5% can establish their own enterprises after school. This means, there very few job creations as compared to job seeking. This is really a great challenge for Africa to transform the current great percentage of job seeking tradition of our elites into a productive and innovative job creation one!!!

A number of poverty eradication theories have been suggested and majority of them have been implemented but still the problem of poverty remains with us up to this moment! This is because, the great resources extended to us fall into the hands of people who are more of job seeking tradition than job creation ones and believe me or not, their developments will never last because they are based on theory not on the real principals of long-lasting development initiatives.

As a rural development Organization, we are committed to initiate programs that touch the real roots of the cause of poverty in our communities in order to transform the great percentage of the current generation into a more productive and innovative one right from the glass-roots level.

KIRUCODO Community skills development program, aims at extending job skills to community adults but more so to children in rural schools. This will help both the adults and children to consult from each other on the same skills clearly known to each other for efficiency, quality and extension of the same to the next offspring without taking much time and resources. Our target is to have the next young generation with basic skills they can start with on their own to develop them selves other than starting from zero as for a greater percentage of the current African generation. We always start from zero and we die so also the next one, etc, etc.

We greatly appreciate the support extended to us to have the initial development of our ideas implemented. Thank you WorkAid International for providing us with equipment, Blue Bonnet Hills Christian Church of Austin Texas for supporting the construction of the current Community Skills Development Centre in Kikandwa village, Pastor Dr. Landon and family for supporting the current class of participants, Mr. Caspar and Family of Germany for a grant that was utilized on some of the seating materials for the centre, our volunteers and friends worldwide for the great services, guidance, in-kind contribution and prayers; God bless you all.

Lastly, we are still in need of the following: equipment (sewing machines, etc) to help us establish Skills development training centres within rural schools and our current target is to establish two centres in Kikandwa Church of Uganda Primary school and Bulijjo Church of Uganda primary school to serve over 800 children; Monetary support to help us cover training expenses for a class within three months, volunteers who can help with their skills in one way or the other, Training materials, among others as you might be able to assist.

Check below for the current activities in Kikandwa village

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