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NEWS
Hear International (HI) in partnership with Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) with financial support from Center for Disease Control (CDC) is delivering life supporting Anti-retroviral drugs to People Living with HIV/AIDS during the lockdown period due to COVID-19 Pandemic in Arua and Madi-Okollo districts. The delivery of the anti-retroviral drugs commenced on 1st April, 2020 to-date.

Hear International (HI) is disseminating its Child Safeguarding Policy to the beneficiary communities and other key stakeholders like schools, churches, Lower Local Governments among others. HI recognizes that abuse of power has led, and continues to lead, to many forms of exploitation and abuse. The nature of our work creates a power differential between those employed by or working with HI and programme participants. We acknowledge that the potential exists for those who work with programme participants to abuse their position of power.



EVENTS

Hear International (HI) is holding its 16th Annual General Meeting on 29th October, 2020. It is expected to be attended by all subscribing members of the organization. Key issues to propel the growth and development of the organization and the beneficiary communities will be discussed during the meeting.

 

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture is the science, art and business enterprise in which the farmer manipulates environmental resources and orchestrates several inputs in amounts, quality, sequences and timing in order to bring about or create environmental conditions that favour the production of plant and/or animal products needed for fibre and other products without causing environmental degradation and decline in yields.

Sustainable Agriculture is a system synonymous with alternative agriculture, which is any system of food or fibre production that systematically pursues the following goals:

  • More thorough incorporation of natural processes such as nutrient cycles, nitrogen fixation and pest-predator relationships in to the agricultural production process.
  • Reduction in the use of off-farm inputs with the greatest potential to harm the environment or the health of farmers and consumers.
  • Greater productive use of the biological and genetic potential of plant and animal species.
  • Improvement of the match between cropping patterns and the productive potential and physical limitations of agricultural lands to ensure long-term sustainability of current production levels.
  • Profitable and efficient production with emphasis on improved farm management and conservation of soil, water, energy and biological resources.

Therefore, Hear International (HI) through its strategic plan intends to achieve Sustainable Agriculture by appropriately linking Research to Farmers to ensure that there is knowledge, skill, understanding and technology for manipulating and dealing with:

  • The physico-chemical factors, such as soils, climate, moisture, day length, etc., and the way they change and interact so that they can be manipulated or given due consideration in efforts aimed at creating favourable conditions.
  • The biological elements of the production system in terms of crops and/or animals whose products are required in relation to their interaction in the agro ecosystem with weeds, pests, and even beneficial and non-beneficial organisms that shapes their environment.
  • Changing and appropriate technologies at the disposal of the farmer, and acceptable and relevant to his/her circumstances on the basis of his/her social background.
  • The economic viability and ecological soundness, based on the farmer’s managerial ability and operational cost-effectiveness, market and pricing structure, with respect to maintenance of environmental quality, prevailing infrastructure and policy environment.

Hear International (HI) intends to ensure Agriculture practiced in concert with nature more closely mimics our natural systems that regenerate and adapt to changing conditions, reducing pollution and environmental degradation and building healthier farms, orchards and animal pastures.

We are working with Smallholder farmers comprising of women, men and the youth in Uganda with great hope of transforming their livelihoods for the better.There are some 500 million smallholder farms worldwide; more than 2 billionpeople depend on them for their livelihoods. These small farms produce about80 per cent of the food consumed in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

However, in our many years of working in agriculture and rural development, three things havebecome increasingly evident.

  1. That farming at any scale is a business, andsmallholders and producers must be treated as entrepreneurs.
  2. Thatbusinesses need clear linkages along the value chain, from production to processing,marketing and, ultimately, to consumption. When these links are in place, wonderfulthings begin to happen.
  3. That empowered smallholder farmers can actually feed the world’s ever increasing population sufficiently.

 


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