Meet Smallholder Farmers Around the World: Emma and Edward of Uganda

| 4/24/2014 12:26:00 PM

Tags: inspiration, Uganda, Heifer International, Pierre Ferrari,

Gardening, farming and homesteading are about as local a lifestyle as one can get. Climate zones, geography, preferred practices and the like are the ties that bind at the local level. But they can also insulate us from the global community of smallholder farmers. The United Nations named 2014 the International Year of Family Farming, providing an excellent platform to highlight the importance of family farmers in feeding the world and healing the planet at the same time.

In this new blog series, I would like to introduce you to farmers from around the world. Through our work at Heifer International, we are more fortunate than most to meet and learn about farmers from as nearby as the Arkansas Delta region to as far off as the Himalayas in Nepal. My hope is that you will find commonalities between their lives and your own, while celebrating the differences that are the hallmark of the human experience.

Small-Scale Farming Lessons from Uganda

Earlier this month Heifer’s Vice President of Africa Programs Elizabeth Bintliff visited Emma Navlungo and her husband, Edward Serunjogi in Luwero district, Uganda. On a quarter-acre of land, the family of seven maintains kitchen gardens, chickens, dairy cows, rabbits, fish and pigs. By attending trainings given by Heifer and other organizations, they have learned to be extremely efficient, managing an intensive and integrated small farm on less land than the average lot size for a single-family home in the United States.

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