Contributions of BFI to the local community:

The Ugandan 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 processors/exporters.

Peak 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 donations.
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 poverty.



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