On May 24, 2024 we will present at Princeton University our work in Oregon and Uganda at the panel discussion The Great Escape from Net-Zero Hunger Games.

In our first 3 years, Snake River Music Gardens established trusted co-administration with Youth in Act - Uganda (YIA-U).  With the help of forty  donors, Snake River Music Gardens funds orphanages, helps purchase land for food forest programs, provides education tuition for outstanding Ugandan correspondents and stipends for full time volunteers.

Now we are scaling up, focusing strategic donations and investments to agricultural projects in support of Youth in Act - Uganda's Strategic Five-Year Plan 2023-2028 to avert hunger and poverty.  Read the brief article below to better understand YIA-U's strategic plan.

Photos: Ugandan Container Garden, Farming God's Way, Red Wave

Photos:  left, Ugandan container garden;

center, Ugandan woman farmer;

right, close up of Roma sauce tomatoes

Snake River Music Gardens Newsletter

Youth in Act - Uganda Strategic Plan to Avert Famine

Authors Joseph Mulopi and Waiswa John Billy
Authors Joseph Mulopi and Waiswa John Billy

Snake River Music Gardens  introduces YIA-U’s Five Year Strategic Plan 2023-2028 and Budget, authored by Waiswa John Billy and Joseph Mulopi.  The purpose of this plan: grow food forests and end hunger forever.

How does the plan work? YIA-U already empowers 3000 vulnerable Ugandans who may apply for food forest certification.  Site visits set up rainwater harvesting, soil fertility and sanitation practices.  Applicants receive micro-loans for farmer inputs: vegetable seeds, tree seedlings, hand tools, and beehives. YIA-U strictly qualifies applicants. To receive a micro-loan for farm inputs, applicants must have at least 1/4 acre, demonstrate a passion for agriculture, agree to cover the soil with mulch to hold water and increase soil fertility, host food forest workshops to train locals, and abide by micro-loan ethics: Food first, repay micro-loan second, all else third.

In January, 2023, YIA-U conducted baseline surveys in central and outlying districts.  YIA-U is particularly concerned about northern Uganda, a semi-arid region where famine has already taken hundreds of lives.  This district could grow food for locals and for export with proper watershed management.

How is the Strategic Plan funded?  Youth in Act - Uganda and Snake River Music Gardens are raising private funding.  The Strategic Plan fulfills sustainability goals, improves the soil, feeds and empowers the poor to be self-reliant, and brings crops to market for income generation.

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