Ahabwe Michael

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since Jan 14, 2015
I am the founder of a two Uganda based nonprofits; ICOD Action Network (www.icodactionnetwork.org) and Center for Human Rights and Policy Studies.
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Does Permaculture really matter?
I have struggled with this question and have addressed it several times to our team and Board. Can Permaculture end all our food deficits around the world and save millions of starving children? The causes of the food deficits 'bad' soils, pests, and land grabs, to mention a few. A deeper look at the three above, points to human-behavior as their cause. Would a shift in human-behavior for the better lead to more food secure communities? Renowned permaculture trainer Warren Brush, helped us kick-start the permaculture movement here in Uganda back in 2010, I have keenly followed his works and teachings and, admired his approach to rejuvenating dry lands and deserts into food producing areas. I think the works of folks like Warren could help undo effects of human-behavior that has drained our lands the capacity to produce even the smallest vegetables.

Can we build a critical mass of small-scale farmers if we only focus on food, and food alone?  Throughout our permaculture works in different communities, we have learned that working with communities to grow and share healthy food can help cultivate healthy communities. We are using a broader approach that addresses food, farmer’s livelihoods and the future of the land. I don’t think a perfectly-designed food project can address food insecurity if women who are backbone of our food production here in Africa continue to suffer domestic violence or are denied access to property? I think we would be safer if we use a model that caters for food, environments and rights.



The Canady Foundation, LUSH Manufacturing, Project Focus, Warren and hundreds of individual donors helped us kick-start our food security and permaculture projects. I think their efforts would have gone to waste if we had only focused on the few hundred women.  We have replicated our impact through five #WomenClinics. This amazing team of 500 women donate 10 hours a week each, to help other women thrive through community Women Clinics. Women Clinics aren’t the ordinary clinics we all know. Women Clinics are centers of innovation to women’s most pressing problems.  Every Women Clinic works with 100 women to address a specific problem affecting women.

WomenClinic #4 is leading training of women farmers to grow food in an ecologically sound manner and use the newly acquired skill to advocate for women’s issues when men come to their farms for training. Men want the food grown by women, and they want the skills so they can be able to grow their own food. Women of Clinic #4 discuss women rights issues with men whenever they come to be trained by women.
As we move forward, we hope thousands of small-scale farmers will be able design their own environments and build increasingly self-sufficient food production systems and regenerate the ecosystems that provide for their communities.

If you want to support women and permaculture, please support their 30 days campaign. Its a good cause we should all support. Back the women through this link https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/women-clinics-health/x/639146#/
You will find more information about our work here: www.icodan.org



Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa
Executive Director - ICOD Action Network
Author - Tears of Resilience
3 years ago
In Spring of 2010, together with our Chicago based partner organization Project Focus, we created and implemented a solar powered Internet Center that provides free Permaculture and Information Technology (IT) training to local farmers and youth in Uganda, East Africa. Our center serves as a resource for information and training in areas of need such as agriculture, education and health to local farming communities. Our work has benefited over 120,000 people since 2008. We love permaculture and we love our farmers who do the dirty work, that is why all our permaculture trainings are free for small holder farmers.

In 2015, Vancouver based Lush Manufacturing gave us a $5000 SEED grant that supported training 7621 farmers in 2015 alone. 177 individual donors also supported our different projects across the country in 2015.

Through our 2016 Grow a Farmer campaign, we want to train more 10000 farmers in permaculture, 1000 farmers in Information Technology and work with 1000 school children to plant 10000 food trees in their schools, homes and communities.

Why does our permaculture work matter?
- We all need food and farmers to grow it. We need farmers and school children who grow food in an ecologically sound manner.
- We're creating a community where people can reconnect with their food source. We’ll be offering hands-on learning at farm events throughout the year.
- We're focused on regenerative agriculture and restoring the land to a healthier state. We are conserving for our future food and environment systems

We are a grassroots organization driven by staff and volunteers who work hard everyday to ensure our works sustainably benefits communities and farmers we work with.
Please join us to make permaculture training available to farmers who need it most. Please support our Grow a Farmer campaign through this link - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/grow-a-farmer#/

Also, please share our Grow a Farmer campaign link with hundreds of permies and encourage them to support our work, we have only 12 days left

BY:
Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa
Executive Director - ICOD Action Network
www.icodan.org
Grow a Farmer - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/grow-a-farmer#/
4 years ago
The #TechFarmers campaign has less than 61 hours left. We are 16%, all made possible by your wonderful contributions and support. Thank you so much!

Why is our work important?
We believe that working with communities to grow and share healthy food helps cultivate healthy communities able to sustain themselves in future. Training farmers in permaculture design helps farmers build increasingly self-sufficient food production systems and regenerate the ecosystems that provide for their communities. We have been doing this since 2010 and we want to train thousands of farmers in 2015.

Let's go through the last 61 hours together; contributing, reaching out to more friends, family and workmates and encouraging them to support our Permaculture and Information technology projects for farmers and, also request them to share the campaign widely with their friends.

Be part of our permaculture movement, please support permaculture and the #Techfarmers through this link http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/techfarmers-permaculture-and-it-for-farmers
5 years ago
I think they will perform well. What I think you should consider is spacing just like Eric mentioned.
I also wanted to share with readers #SaveOurFood. We have been developing community food forests with school children and communities. We are trying to save this from collapsing and have only 3 days left. Please support #SaveOurFood through this link http://www.rockethub.com/projects/52745

5 years ago
Thank you Burra.
It looks much , much better.
Greetings from Uganda
5 years ago
We are running a 16 days #SaveOurFood campaign. Our aim is to get 780 people in only 16 days to join #SaveOurFood campaign. We are on day 7 of our campaign.

Why is this important?
Since 2010, we have been working with communities to grow and share healthy food. We want reach out to thousands of farmers in 2015 and but have in the past failed to organize a successful fundraising campaign for this cause. That’s why we started #SaveOurFood campaign and opted for a shorter 16 days campaign period. Our aim is to get 780 people in only 16 days to support #SaveOurFood campaign with at least $1 each and help save our food security from collapsing.

When you read this and you can, please make a small contribution through this link http://www.rockethub.com/projects/52745 and also help spread the word and encourage friends to contribute and remind them to encourage their friends to join our 16 days #SaveOurFood campaign. Remember to share #SaveOurFood on facebook, twitter and blogs

PS: Visit our website and more about our food security / permaculture projects here http://www.icodactionnetwork.org/permaculture.html
5 years ago
We are ICOD Action Network! We are a community development and rights organization in Uganda, East Africa. We are running a 16 days #SaveOurFood campaign. Our aim is to get 780 people in only 16 days to support our permaculture work by joining #SaveOurFood campaign.

In Spring of 2010, together with our Chicago based partner organization Project Focus we created an program that provides free permaculture and Information Technology training to local farmers, and serves as a resource for information sharing in areas of need such as permaculture, education and health.

However, our permaculture and Information technology projects are almost collapsing because we don’t have enough funds to keep them running and reach out to thousands of farmers in 2015. That’s why we have chosen crowd funding campaign and opted for a shorter 16 days campaign period. Our aim is to get 780 people in only 16 days to support #SaveOurFood campaign with at least $1 each and help save our food security from collapsing.

Why is our work important?

We believe that working with communities to grow and share healthy food helps cultivate healthy communities able to sustain themselves in future. We have been doing this since 2010!

We are a grassroots organization driven by staff and hundreds of volunteers who work hard everyday to ensure our work sustainably benefits communities we work with. We must reach out to at least 780 people passionate about permaculture and sustainable food production and encourage each of them to contribute at least one dollar. When you read this and you can, please make a small contribution through this link http://www.rockethub.com/projects/52745 and also help spread the word and encourage friends and family to contribute and remind them to encourage their friends to join our 16 days #SaveOurFood campaign. Remember to share #SaveOurFood on facebook, twitter and blogs

Let’s do it people! #SaveOurFood
5 years ago
Thank you Dale!
Just posted a press release. If you can, help us share our campaign across the networks because we have only 11 hours left and we need meet our fundraising goal
Greetings and love from Uganda.
6 years ago
Kampala, Uganda - East Africa - January 16, 2015

ICOD Action Network which is a national community development and rights organization in Uganda, East Africa. ICOD Action Network’s work extends beyond material support and touches upon the need to empower communities so that they can be able to sustain themselves.

In Spring of 2010, ICOD Action Network and its Chicago based partner organization Project Focus created and started implementing a permaculture and Information Technology program that trains local farmers in permaculture and also serves as a resource for information sharing in areas of need such as agriculture, education and health. Thousands of farmers, youth ans school children are trained annually and are now able to build sustainable food production system based on permaculture principles.

“Over the past 5 years, we have seen a sustainable shift in our food systems and built just, sustainable and healthy communities”, says Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa, Executive Director ICOD Action Network.

On January 1, 2015, ICOD Action Network launched a 15 days Indiegogo campaign to save its permaculture and the Information Technology program from collapsing and scale it out to reach thousands more farmers.

The 15 days campaign will help fund and build sustainable food systems in Uganda, East Africa. With less than 12 hours left, you can help save our permaculture projects from collapsing. Every bit helps! Donate to ICOD Action Network’s Permaculture and Information Technology programs through this link http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/free-internet-information-technology-for-farmers

More details
More Information about ICOD Action Network's permaculture program visit: www.icodactionnetwork.org/permaculture.html

You can also contact Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa, the Executive Director ICOD Action Network
nationaloffice@icodactionnetwork.org
+256 792 165 208
www.icodactionnetwork.org
6 years ago
Thank you for checking....
Please visit our permaculture page on our website www.icodactionnetwork.org
6 years ago