Kayonza Growers Tea Factory
Operating adjacent to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, one of Uganda’s oldest rainforests and home to 50 percent of the world’s mountain gorillas, Kayonza Growers Tea Factory is a for-profit community enterprise, 100 percent owned by its 7,205 smallholder tea farmers. Facing deforestation, wetland encroachment, soil degradation, and water shortages, the initiative has worked to ensure that at least 70 percent of the population is involved in a landscape-scale, community-led climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy that addresses energy efficiency, food and income security, and natural resource management. Over 4,800 smallholders have benefited to date through the introduction of new staple or cash crops -- including beans, banana, Irish potato, and ground nuts -- and kitchen gardens. Across 52 ecoregions, more than 4,000 farmers have been trained in conserving wetlands, riverbanks, and natural forests. Over 20,000 indigenous trees have been planted on farm borders and degraded hillsides. The initiative is a model of smallholder-led adaptation to climate change, integrated ecosystem restoration, reforestation, and ecoagriculture.
Equator Prize 2015
Ecoagriculture and Food Security
Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change
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