CEFROHT under the Community Empowerment and Capacity Building Program is currently empowering youths and women in soybean production and marketing as a means of improving their livelihoods, adequate living rights and climate justice. CEFROHT works with the rural communities to innovate around climate smart and ecologically sustainable production methods to improve productivity of soybean. Through this project, CEFROHT encourages the use of organic inputs to protect the environment, the biodiversity and the life of farmers.
The project also aims at improving food security, nutrition and income security of unemployed youths and vulnerable women through capacity building in the soybean value chain. CEFROHT also trains farmers in modern sustainable agronomic practices, provides quality inputs to the farmers such as improved seed, fertilizers and pesticides, links the farmers to the markets, provides aggregation/bulking or storage facilities as well as post-harvest handling capacity building among the farmers.
Soybean is regarded as the new gold for farmers in Uganda. Soybean is one of the most nutritious crops in the world containing approximately 40% protein and 20% of oil both of which are vital in human and animal diets (Tukamuhabwa and Obua, 2015). Soybean is one of the fastest growing crops in the World thus creating an opportunity for investment and job creation, yet its local and export market opportunities are not exploited in Uganda. There are a number of available technologies for processing soybean at industrial and household level that can be tapped by the youth and women in rural communities for gainful employment.
The project provides solutions to food insecurity and abject poverty especially among the rural vulnerable persons as well as the problems of unemployment among the youths and vulnerable women.