Out comes in terms of the expected goals/Indicators of project impact

Out comes in terms of the expected goals/Indicators of project impact

 
1. Solidified farmers’ groups in the project area
 
As a result of training on group dynamics our farmers in Kyakanyemera, Mpanga and Rwenkuba parishes have group solidarity. The groups have chosen the Executive members and they hold weekly meetings on their own and have minute books where they write their minutes and take attendance of members. Their solidarity is further measured by their new project of monthly savings from their farm sales which they contribute for members to buy household items such as sauce pans.  They also do group farming in each other’ farms. Their daily income and their way of living have improved. This is measured by the way they dress and their feeding habits which comprise of balanced meals. Some members have also improved their houses and have built kitchen and latrines in their homesteads.  30% of the farmers are now able to pay their children’s school fees and cater for their scholastic material
 
2. Improved banana management
 
30% of our farmers have good banana gardens, mulched, thinned, and with compost manure pits, contour bands and trenches. The banana production is better than it has been before project start marching with the present market prices which are 6000= to 10.000=  per bunch depending on its size  Traders are buying bananas from the farms of farmers. Also there has been improved food security for local consumption and for sale as a result of big bunches of bananas and also from the growth of other food crops like cassava, beans, sugar canes, potatoes, ground nuts, finger millet and  maize.
 
Monitoring systems/ Evaluation Report
 
Constant monitoring is part and parcel of the project. The project personnel conduct regular monitoring exercises through home visits to check the progress of the project objectives and learn lessons from farmers. Discussions and quarterly meetings with beneficiaries are also conducted to monitor improvements, constraints; problems met by farmers and give guidance and advice accordingly. The Director DSSD Caritas Fort Portal, the parish staff of Kahunge parish and the Diocesan .staff are greatly involved in monitoring and evaluation of the project by physical visits, E- mails and by telephone. Farmers monitor and evaluate themselves in practical trainings in homes of fellow farmers and advise each other.
 
 
The out come of these monitoring and evaluation exercises both by stake holders, staff, partners in development and farmers have shown that the beneficiaries have had an attitudinal change towards farming and regard it as a profession after acquiring both practical and theoretical skills. In addition our beneficiaries have upheld modern sustainable farming methods and are food secure. Their household income has improved tremendously (Source: Interview with farmers from Kyakanyemera parish by the Director of DSSD Caritas Fort Portal Fr. Joseph Musana at Kahunge Church). Farmers have also improved their way of life through savings and lending schemes started by farmers them selves.
 
 
challenges and mitigation measures during monitoring exercises
 
1. Unpredictable weather
 
Unpredictable weather is a problem to farmers faced with long dry spell mixed with long heavy rainfall which affect crop growth and harvesting activities as well as spoil feeder roads for farmers to market their products. Muddy and porty murram roads fail middle traders to reach farmers for buying food from their farms.
 
The mitigation is that we have trained our farmers to timely planting and also to harvest the ripe plants and dry them whenever there is sun shine and store them in granaries. With repair of feeder roads we have contacted the local government to do their part with funds from local government and we have mobilized our beneficiaries to fill the pot holes with stones.
 
2. Bad roads
 
 Bad roads and feeder roads which are full of portholes and are narrow and slippery delay us on the way to the farmers and are breaking our office vehicles. The project vehicles consume a lot of fuel because we drive on 4 wheel drive. We hope this problem will be solved now that we have talked to the local council of the area and have mobilized our beneficiaries to fill the port holes with stones.
 
3. Hiking prices of goods.
 
 We have faced a big problem with rising prices of every commodity so we have had a problem when buying farm implements and improved breeds of pigs. We found out that our estimated project budget could not match with the present prices.
 
Our solution was to buy whatever that money could buy and distribute it to farmers.
 
4. Wavering prices of fuel:
 
Since November, 2011 fuel prices has not been stable,  at times it would rise up high and at times it would be average so we have had to squeeze  our funds to make sure that the Extension staff is kept with fuel for activities.
 
 
Good Practices and lessons learnt
Farmers have learnt to practice Agro forestry which has increased domestic fuel in homes.
 
They have also learnt inter- cropping, planting kitchen gardens for green vegetables, fruits which have nutritiously improved the diets of families reducing on malnutrition and improved on the side income generation. The beans intercropped with bananas have helped in nitrogen fixing in farms. Mulching has sustained the bananas during the dry spell by keeping them moist and added manure to their farms during rainy season but has also cut off the growth of weeds in the banana gardens hence reducing labor for farmers who can be engaged in gardening of maize and groundnuts. Farmers have learnt to uphold hygiene in their homes. Famers have good working relations in their homes as well as among themselves as group members evidenced by their cooperation in helping each other in their gardens
 
 Conclusion:
 
  We are sincerely grateful to Rt. Rev. Bishop Robert Muhiirwa Akiiki who is the legal holder of our projects and therefore recommends them for funding. We are also grateful to Fr. Joseph Musana Ateenyi who works untirelessly to advise us technically in matters of development and social work, approving our budgets, signing our requisitions, cheques, monitoring and evaluation etc. We are grateful to the Board of governors of DSSD Caritas Fort portal for their guidance in our implementation of projects. Our partners in development who fund us we say thank you so much and last but not least our dear beneficiaries and all the stakeholders who accept to work with us and change their traditional attitude and own the projects from base line survey, during implementation period and when we phase out..