Kiryandongo Basamaba Communities Co-operative Society

Background

The Bududa district landslide of 1 March 2010 wiped out three villages, and was the most severe ever recorded in Uganda.  Only 92 bodies were recovered out of the 365 that were buried.  Only 31 people survived. The area has consecutively been affected by landslides through 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017 destroying lives and property.
There is still risk of major future landslides due to the annual heavy rains the area is prone to facing, coupled with the increased population and cultivation of land for food, causing cracks on the mountains, hence the need to resettle over 100,000 people living in the risk prone districts of Bududa, Bulambuli and Sironko.

The Bududa Resettlement Village in Kiryandongo is made of 15sqkm of land, occupied by 609 households that were officially allocated 2.5acre plots in 2010 by Government, and another estimate 2000 - 3000 families that have been gradually migrating from the High Risk Landsilde areas of Bududa in Eastern Uganda area. Of the 609 families, only 201 have houses built by Government and Habitat for Humanity, while the rest are still living in the tents offered by Charity and Mud houses.

Each of the registered households has committed 1.5 acres of their land to the Co-operative for Commercial agriculture, retaining 1 acre for domestic use. This will bring the available land to the Co-operative for commercial agriculture to 2,187.5 hectares (5,248 acres) should the entire community of 3500 households join the Co-operative.

The Co-operative Board has signed an MOU with Ndikyo AgriBusiness as their Administrative and General Manager, and representative for correspondence and negotiations with Government, Corporate, Business associations and Contractors for the duration of the Ndikyo Project that covers the village development.

Ndikyo AgriBusiness has a signed MOU with Steelheart USA for the construction of low cost housing, technology and infrastructure for the community, which the Co-operative will finance based on the profits from agricultural yields after inputs, operation costs, farmers labor, dividends and savings have been deducted at end of season.

The Co-operative, comprised of the recipient farmers who will provide the labor and land, and managed by Ndikyo Agribusiness which will provide experienced and qualified managerial staff, is to cordon off the allotted land into large blocks for communal commercial agriculture, and to partner with companies which will provide guaranteed market for production of a crop. This will help streamline management, quality control, access to market and increased yields to better meet the financing of the farmers’ basic needs of individual housing and community infrastructure development.