Conservation: Community farming

Tourism and conservation techniques are generating an annual gross income of over €31,000 for a marginalised community in Uganda. The group of around 400 women, youth and Batwa Pygmies, living next to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, are engaged in beekeeping, as well as vegetable and livestock farming. The majority of produce is marketed to forest tourist lodges with surplus sold at local markets. Training from Community Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation, has helped the community to employ organic farming, integrated crop and animal management, and drought-resilient cultivation methods. Along with agribusiness skills’ training, this approach has helped 40% of community members increase daily household income from under €1 to at least €2.25.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.