KRC Uganda is partnering with Broederlijk Delen to introduce the Integrated Farm Plan (PIP) approach into its agriculture extension support to farming households in Kabarole and Bunyangabu Districts in Uganda. PIP is a French acronym of Plan Intégré du Paysan, meaning Integrated Farm Plan.
According to Wageningen University & Research, PIP aims at building a foundation for sustainable change and works towards resilience-based stewardship, where motivated stakeholders feel responsible to become virtuous stewards of the land and its natural resources.
In a training organized by Broederlijk Delen, the PIP facilitators introduced KRC Uganda Extension Workers to this innovative approach, and through on-farm observations, they were able to appreciate the gains so far achieved by the pioneering farmers and adopters in the Elgon Region. The farmers for instance have been able to achieve efficient land use while preserving and improving soil health and the environment. In return, food availability, incomes and nutrition have been enhanced.
One of the farmers, Sylvia hailing from Munyende Village, plants Matooke, integrated into coffee, has at one-go achieved adequate food and income from her farm. Both crops provide a regenerative interplay in providing year-round soil cover, reducing soil erosion, direct sun radiation, while enhancing soil organic content.
According to farmers’ experience, the integrated farm plan approach calls for mutually sustained involvement of all farm household members to help in managing production costs on the farm and pursuance of the farm business optimum returns.
Equipped with skills, KRC agriculture extension workers are set to pass-on the Integrated Farm Plan approach to farming households in Kabarole and Bunyangabu Districts.
Wageningen University & Research, 2022. The PIP approach: building a foundation for sustainable change. Viewed on 27/03/2022. https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Research-Institutes/Environmental-Research/Programmes/Sustainable-Land-Use/Sustainable-agricultural-production-systems/The-PIP-approach-building-a-foundation-for-sustainable-change.htm