Village Egg Bank in Egg Currency (VEBEC) Project
The Village Egg Bank Project in Egg Currency (VEBEC) was created in response to the increased poverty rates caused by inconsistent rainfall patterns in Northern Uganda. Since majority of the people in this region depend on agriculture for their food and livelihood, the crop failures that result from such weather patterns have made it difficult to feed their families and provide other basic necessities.
Many families in rural Uganda engage in poultry production as an alternative means of livelihood. However, management issues related to housing, feeding, predation, and disease control diminish the productivity of the chickens and keep farmers from realizing the economic benefits of poultry farming.The management lapses notwithstanding, poultry keeping as an economic intervention is the most viable option to poverty reduction in rural areas given the long-term attachment of the people with domestic fowls. Improvement of management style and refocusing the purpose of keeping poultry to income generation will greatly improve the productivity of the local chicken .
We train and support family units to keep poultry for egg production. Eggs produced are brought to a collection center, the Egg Bank, on a weekly basis. These eggs are marketed and sold in markets outside Midigo. A portion of the profits is returned to each family for their daily needs. Another portion is kept in savings for each household and the remaining balance is used to cover operation costs and to recover the initial capital lent to the beneficiary. Recovered funds are used to support new beneficiaries to start up their projects.
Villages participating in this project are located in the Yumbe District of NorthWestern Uganda, situated within the Midigo subcounty, and in the Migo and Medenga parishes. The villages are Guba, Yandru-A, Yandru-B, Aliriki, Aliku, Belia-A, Belia-B, Wabanga, and Oleba.
This project will be deemed successful when it increases financial stability and security for the participating households. Rural farmers should achieve measurable improvement in their daily quality of life as well as in their ability to afford external costs such as school fees and medical bills.