TEAM UP: Improved Livelihood Prospects for Youth in East Africa
HRNS is part of TEAM UP – an innovative approach to reach better results for more people. Together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the two German foundations Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung and Siemens Stiftung we are collectively aiming at improving the prospects of youth in rural areas of East Africa.
TEAM UP starts as a pilot in Uganda, where half of the population is below the age of 15 and 80% of the unemployed are youth. It integrates economic, social, sanitary, pedagogical and infrastructural components to address the complex challenges and needs of over 50.000 rural youths aged 15 to 30 years (and their families) in five sub-counties of Mityana district.
In Mityana, around 80% of the population is engaged in agriculture. Production rates are very low, and people struggle to make a decent living of it. The role of HRNS in this collaboration is to support youth in improving their economic situation by turning farming into a profitable business. For this, HRNS Uganda is providing agricultural, financial and entrepreneurial skills. The focus is on coffee farming as a long-term investment and seasonal crops for quick returns. Furthermore, we are supporting youth to get improved access to markets, resources, such as land, as well as financial services. Since many young people are not able to meet the requirements of official financial institutions, Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) will be established to provide access to credits within the municipalities. HRNS will use its network of Producer Organizations, Depot Committees and the Uganda Coffee Farmers Alliance to represent the interests of youth as part of a national community of coffee growers.
In TEAM UP´s partnership approach, Siemens Stiftung is bringing in its expertise in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) services as well as advocacy.
Through the work of HRNS in this initiative, we are contributing to achieving the following SDGs:
Without Agriculture, The Youth in Mityana Can Not Develop
Patrick Kimbugwe (left) is 27 years old and a coffee farmer. His farm is about 30 minutes away from Mityana’s administrative center on a small side street. He owns 2.5 acres and next to coffee he grows bananas and beans. “My farm does not make any profit,” says Patrick, who recently returned from Kampala and bought the land. His friends motivated him to take this step; they had already solidified their decision to be farmers in their rural region while Patrick worked as a day laborer in Kampala. “I would have better harvests if I had access to agricultural knowledge, water and accounting techniques,” says Patrick. “Then I could expand as well.” In addition to growing coffee, he invests in a small pig breeding. Jobs in agriculture are not only important for Patrick. “Without agriculture, the youth in Mityana cannot develop,” says Patrick. Richard Katamba, 29 years old, (second from the right) agrees. He is one of the friends who motivated Patrick to return. Today, they meet regularly to support each other. “We young people need to learn how to develop our district themselves. We need schools, health centers and we want to work with the different organizations. That’s how we can move Mityana forward.”
Get to know Youth from Mityana and their thoughts and inspirations