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Energy Globe World Award 2017

World Winner 2017

Submitted by:
Tree Adoption Uganda

The Trees4School program implements climate change mitigation activities like planting trees. They also help vulnerable young people with financial support for their education and/or start-up capital.

Initial situation
In Uganda, many young people especially in rural areas suffer from unemployment. They migrate to the city for better opportunities and end up in drugs, crime and slums. Another big problem is deforestation. In the last 15 years, the forest coverage has declined by about 26% in Uganda. Without extensive reforestation, the climate change will worsen, devastating people’s livelihoods, and forests will be extinct within the next 40 years.

This project builds climate resilience in agricultural communities and combats poverty, unemployment and climate change at the same time. Enterprise Uganda uses the Empretec model to train young people and equip them with entrepreneurial skills. Angels Initiative and Hive CoLab provide start-ups with working space and training. They ensure that each youth trained has sufficient start-up capital to start businesses by helping them raise capital.

Most of the beneficiaries set up small gardens as an additional source of income. To help the farmers sell their products on the market they have launched the agriculture technology software MOBFiT. MoBFIT is a simple but robust GSM supported agricultural supply chain management software that directly connects rural farmers to buyers in the market at a low cost via SMS and automated voice call technology, before harvest. It uses a short code to which farmers and buyers send text messages with information of their products or buying offers. These are integrated via API technology into a data base and displayed in clusters on the interface. A farmer sends a text message to a short code number or receives an automated voice call inquiring about the products when the harvest is finished. This information together with the location and contact information of the farmer is passed on to interested buyers. The buyer gets in touch with the farmer, visits the farmers garden to assess the quality and quantity of the products and agrees on a price and harvest day.


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