The Maize Project

Maize is one of the most important cereal crops in Uganda. Child Care Empowerment aims at training small scale farmers with good agriculture practices (GAP).

Child Care Empowerment’s goal is to contribute to food security and increased well-being of maize producers and consumers in Jinja district.

The Child Care Empowerment Maize Project is sponsored by Jesse and Skilled Floors in Melbourne Australia!

The land has been secured and has already been being prepared for growing! See the photos and video below and if you would like to contribute to the Maize Project or any of our other projects and children’s needs please visit our How To Give page and THANK YOU!

Maize is one of the most important cereal crops in Uganda. In particular, smallholder farmers rely on it for food and as a cash crop1. Maize is cultivated on about 1.5 million hectares of land and in terms of area planted, maize is the third most cultivated crop after banana and beans in Uganda.

Uganda  has the potential of producing up to 7.5 million metric tons utilizing the current land area under maize by utilizing improved varieties and crop management technology (AATF/NARO, 2010)1. However, this is never achieved largely due to various production constraints including low soil fertility, use of poor quality maize varieties, erratic rainfall patterns and drought stress during some seasons. Maize production is generally characterized by low yields, which result in high unit costs and thus low returns. Regardless of the farm sizes, Uganda’s maize yield levels are low and are generally between 1.0 and 1.8 metric tons/ hectare leading low output and low income to small scale farmers3.

Crop failure due to above factors has caused losses of up to 80%. The magnitude of the problem is high in districts of eastern Uganda such as Jinja (Buwenge village) where losses can reach catastrophic levels3.

To address these challenges;

 Child Care Empowerment aims at training small scale farmers. with good agriculture practices (GAP) at a demonstration field,  providing agriculture inputs (40kg of improved maize variety, 20 hoes, 40kg fertilizers, 20 tarpaulin for post harvest handling ) and linking farmers to viable agriculture markets to improve on food security  and increased income of maize  producers in Buwenge.


  1. Small scale farmers have increased Knowledge, Attitudes and practices about Maize production.
  2. Target population at risk are food secure and  have increased income from selling value added surplus maize

Target Beneficiaries:

40 (20 small scale farmers,20 maize traders) 

Anticipated outcomes 

objective 1

  • At least 80% of all beneficiaries have increased maize productivity. 
Anticipated outcomes Objective 2
  • Training of farmers good agriculture practices(GAP) in maize production and strengthening the maize value chain system 
  • Supporting of farmers with inputs of improved seed verities   for multiplication.
Activities  outcome 1
  • Awareness training on one model field about good agriculture practices (GAP) 
  • Training of 20 farmers about post harvest handling  
  • Delivery of regular extension and advisory services to the farmers
  • Regular follow-up/project monitoring.
Activities Outcome 2
  • Improved household incomes
  • Increased household food security
  • Improved farming knowledge