Masaka District in Central UGanda is known for its fresh and delicious pineapples. Unfortunately farmers often lack appropriate harvesting and post-processing skills and the market prices are highly fluctuating. This is why many pineapples perish and farmers have a low and unstabe income.
The local NGO NIRP developed the concept to produce pineapple jam with the local farmers. We will support more than 1,000 smallholder farmers and increase their income drastically within 6 months. The additional income will be used for a balanced diet for the whole family, school fees for children and necessary medical costs.
In spring 2018 farmers received training in farming practices, post harvest handling and the production of pineapple jam by experts from the USA. Godfrey and German volunteers conducted market research in fall 2018 with the result that 60 people tested our pineapple jam in front of local supermarkets. They gave the the pineapple jam a score of 8 out of 10 and indicated on average a willingness to pay per jar of 2€.
To set up the organizational structure and start production, we need another 3,000€ startup capital. The money will be used in equal parts for: (1) training, registration, certification, (2) production equipment like blenders, gas cookers, a scale, cutlery and furniture and (3) glass jars, which are expensive, but can be re-used.
Kindly support our project and join the journey of pineapple jam production in Uganda. We are happy to provide you with pictures and stories about our progress.