How technology is helping African farms to flourish
Diana Nambatya Nsubuga, who has a Ph.D. in public health, opened Kwagala Farm with her husband in their half-acre backyard in Kampala in 2010. She used her profits to expand and to begin providing affordable training on “urban farming” — with sessions on growing crops in spaces like tires, pipes, wooden shelves or apartment rooftops as well as classes on raising poultry.
The couple bought 10 chickens and two cows. Disposing of cow dung became a problem, so they installed a biogas plant to convert it to electricity for lighting and cooking. Waste from the biogas plant, called bio slurry, was turned into organic fertilizer to sell to other urban farmers.Kwagala Farm now makes a profit of $60,000 a year, with about 80 percent coming from fertilizer sales. Nsubuga has invested in machines that should allow her to increase production from one ton to 20 to 25 tons a month.Of the 1,800 people she’s trained, half now have their own urban farms.
Nsubuga says. The farms generate an average of $5,000 a year, she says, a nice addition to urban farmers’ salaries. The average annual income in Uganda is $660, according to the latest data from the International Labour Organization. Nsubuga aims to train a further 2,000 farmers by the end of 2020.CNN Business