What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?
During a baseline survey conducted in Masaka district, Uganda in 2002 to identify major constraints affecting smallholder dairy cattle production, farmers noted that inadequate (quality and quality) feed is a major constraint to smallholder dairy cattle production. The consensus of farmers and other stakeholders was that efforts by government to improve genetic potential and management of risks associated with diseases would not realize the intended impact unless the nutrition of the dairy cattle was improved alongside such efforts. A dissemination (feedback) workshop to present summarised results of the survey to farmers and other stakeholders was conducted at a government farm where improved forage technologies based on on-station results were being tested/demonstrated. At the farm, participants were guided around the demonstration plots by the extension staff and the researcher. The farmers scored each forage technology using the following criteria: labour, land and capital requirements; suitability in the cropping systems; herbage biomass and/or grain yield; and; contribution of the technology to household income and food security. Based on total scores from farmers’ assessment of the technologies and results of previous on-station studies, fodder bank innovations (forage legumes, fodder trees and food crop-forage legume intercrops) were selected by farmers. In order to source for funding, research proposals were formulated and submitted to DANIDA.
Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.
Dr. Jolly Kabirizi holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Upper Second class) in Agriculture; Master of Science degree in Animal Science and a PhD degree in Animal science. Since 1975 Jolly has disseminated fodder bank innovations to over 10 million farmers (women, men, children and youth) . Her small farm located in the peri-urbane areas of Kampala, Uganda is one of the demonstration farms where farmers are equipped with skills and knowledge on improved dairy cattle farming (see http://www.newvision.co.ug/PA/9/756/671799). She has donated improved heifers, local chicken, improved goats and pigs to resource poor farmers to improve household income, nutrition and welfare. Jolly is a team leader for 4 multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional regional and national projects. Jolly has always had a desire to solve the farmers’ problems with their involvement and participation. The impact she has made in resource poor and HIV/AIDS affected households is well documented in scientific papers, national and international reports on dairy production; local and international articles such as http://people.africadatabase.org/en/person/18025.html; http://www.asareca.org/a-aarnet/20projects.htm; www.genderdiversity.cgiar.org/resource/ProfilesRound2
How did you first hear about Changemakers?
From the New Vision Paper , Uganda of 4th May 2009