Results of reaching out to Africa smallholder farmers on COVID-19
Small donations but huge impact among farmers
It is reported that 1.2 billion people in the world still see hand washing with soap and water to be a luxury. With the outbreak of COVID-19, the situation has even gotten worst and as a result of this many businesses are diverting their profit to helping the community and the most vulnerable to help them get the basics like soap to be safe from the virus.
It is for this reason that EuroAfri Link is donating 1000 hand sanitizers, masks and soap to smallholder farmers and pastoralists in some African countries. This is because farmers feed 80% of Africa’s population and beyond. So, we depend on them for our livelihood. We started in Rwanda and our next stop is Uganda. Our hope is helping our farmers and pastoralists wade-off the virus. Our goal is to reach 50,000 farmers and pastoralists in rural Africa especially youths and women led businesses. Together with our partners, we are focused on helping smallholder farmers restart in a much better and smarter way. COVID-19 is still at an early stage in Africa and it is affecting all at ones. As such the time to act is now so as to contained the virus.
Here are some preliminary excerpts of our activities as it is still ongoing. For more pictures click here.
Rwanda has 176 confirmed cases of coronavirus during the undertaking of this campaign according to the BBC and confirmed by the Rwanda Ministry of Health. Our local partner INGABO Syndicate distributed masks and soap to farmers to help keep them safe from COVID-19. Also, they created awareness about the virus, the causes, symptoms and prevention methods in the local language making sure the farmers are not left behind. Ingabo Syndicate works with 8 cooperatives and 600 farmer groups with a total of 15,000 farmers. With this campaign, they visited farmers in Ruri, Kinini, Karama and Mata areas, in the district of Muhanga, in the South province. They were able to visit 300 farmers. Here are pictures and videos of some of their activities.
Uganda has 260 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of May 19th with no deaths. Our partner AfriFood campaign on reaching out to the pastoralists was more than just the distribution of soap. It was sensitization and awareness creation among farmers to help them wade-off the virus and restart in a much better and smarter way. The AfriFood is works with more than 3,500 farmers and pastoralists in 8 different cooperatives and businesses. With this campaign, they visited pastoralists in Manyattas (homesteads) and Kraals in Karamoja serving directly 1,700 farmers with strategies for COVID-19 prevention, detection, livestock marketing and mark. Our collaborative effort has impacted 11,000 lives among which pastoralists and agro-pastoralists. Here are some pictures of their activities.