vanilla industry is a significant cash crop
and aid to poverty alleviation in rural areas.
Primarily small farmers in the districts of
Mukono, Iganga, Jinja, Mbale, Kabarole, Bundibugyo, Masaka, Kasese and
Mpigi produce vanilla in Uganda. According to a 2000 census study by
Uganda's Investing in Developing Export Agriculture (IDEA) Project,
supported by USAID, vanilla smallholder farmers cultivating less than
one acre account for 81% of vanilla landholding. Medium scale farmers
(one to two acres) account were 14%, and large-scale farmers with more
than 2 acres have a 5% representation. Most vanilla farmers benefit
from extension services with the provision of technical and financial
support from the IDEA project as well as from most of Uganda's vanilla
employment at the company in 2002 totaled
over 220 employees in our vanilla processing and
essential oil operations.
Buiga Farm Industries Limited fully supports local community
development efforts and is facilitating the building of a pre-school in
Banda-Kyandaaza village, Mukono District. The school will be built on a
recently purchased two acre plot of land with access to water and
electricity. The preschool is also funded by private
Without the support and care of all these individuals
this community project would not be possible.
Our Goal for
the Buiga Sunrise Pre-School
In Uganda, most people living in poverty are
children. Poverty denies children their basic human rights. To reduce
poverty we believe you should start with children.
One in four pre-school children are underweight for
their age; two in five are physically or cognitively
underdeveloped (World Bank). Malnutrition diminishes
a child's ability to perform in school and increases
the incidence of infectious disease.
These factors make it difficult for a child to escape