In 2022, with support from Enabel under the Skills Development Fund, Rwenzori Forum for Peace and Justice (RFPJ) partnered with Bulhalho Foundation to implement a project titled “Enhanced livelihood skills of 135 urban youth and 90 vulnerable women in and around Fort Portal Tourism City through small scale urban farming.” The project offered urban farming skills to 225 (44 males & 181 females) local farmers in rabbit farming, piggery, vegetable, mushroom, and watermelon growing in 12 Wards in Fort Portal City and 03 Sub-Counties in Kabarole District. The project strengthened the capacity of the beneficiaries in selected small scale agricultural enterprises, enhanced their entrepreneurship skills, and supported them with agricultural inputs and tools to start small scale agricultural enterprises for sustained livelihoods.
Overall, the project sought to enhance market-oriented skills among the beneficiaries through offering work-based learning and by extension, to enhance their employability and graduation from vulnerability to resilience. It extensively achieved the following result areas; improved market-relevant agro-enterprise skills; improved competitiveness in the agricultural trades undertaken by youth and women; and enhanced livelihood options as well as social and economic resilience of selected vulnerable youths and women within the target area.
All successful project beneficiaries were assessed by the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) and were certified as trained farmers in Fort Portal City and Kabarole district.