Life Cycle Management Capability Maturity Model (LCM CMM) Pilot Projects

January 23, 2016

Life Cycle Management Capability Maturity Model (LCM CMM) Pilot Projects

The Life Cycle Management Capability Maturity Model (LCM-CMM) Pilot project has selected 8 projects for funding out of the 22 received. The successful projects will be supported with a coach and mentor over the next 8-9 months to implement a life cycle based project. The successful projects are: Cape Town, South Africa – Freudenberg Nonwovens (textiles) – Supply Chain Management Development, www.freudenberg.com Mityana, Uganda – Rural Community In Development (RUCID) – Sustainable energy supply and fertilizer production, www.rucid.org.ug Douala, Cameroon – NEHSU Foods Processing – Capacity building to develop key performance indicators along products value chain and use them for management Bogota, Colombia – Secretaria Distrital de Ambiente (SDA) and network of 22 companies – Implementation of 3 LCM projects throughout the network, www.ambientebogota.gov.co Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Ediouro Grafica e Editora (printing) – Reduction in waste generation through opportunities identified by the use of LCA, www.edigrafica.ediouro.com.br Finca Santa Josefa, Peru – Finca Mountain Villa Rica (coffee) – Eco design post harvest process, www.mountainvillarica.com Mumbai, India – Polygenta Technologies (recycled textiles) – comparative LCA of recycled polyester filament yarns, www.polygenta.com Kashipur , India – Indian Glycols – LCA of Ethylene Oxide derivatives, identify hot spots, identify improvement opportunities and build company LCM capacity, www.indiaglycols.com

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20 Years of RUCID

January 23, 2016

20 Years of RUCID

Dear Colleagues and friends, It is 20 years since RUCID started working with communities and we have seen a lot unfolding from soil, crop and animal management to value addition and marketing quality products regionally and internationally RUCID has also widened its scope of training to establishment of college which offers organic farming training to youths and other interested persons who would like to understand the science and art of organic farming. Because of such achievements we are announcing the cerebrations to mark 20 years of RUCID active service and recognition at national, regional and international level. The cerebration takes the whole of 2014 with the climax on the 11th of December 2014. The climax will have several activities including the 4th graduation of our students, a big organic agriculture and trade show to be held at RUCID Training College Lubanja, opening our main hall and dedicating it to the grandfather of RUCID (Stuart Mortished). Before the climax of our cerebrations a series of activities have been organized to include farmers’ exhibitions in the different target districts (Mityana, Mubende, Kyanwanzi and Kiboga. For this cerebration to succeed your support is highly appreciated including advice, moral, material and financial. You are highly requested to participate in all events as you will be informed from time to time. I wish you all the best and good life as we prepare and engage different stakeholders to be part of us. Always at your service Nyanzi Samuel Executive Director RUCID.

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RUCID Trial Farm

January 23, 2016

RUCID Trial Farm

Since 1994 RUCID has been running an 8 acre trial farm whereby organic methods have been demonstrated in both crop and animal production. This trial farm has attracted attention to many visitors for its uniqueness and relevance to the needs of the small scale farmer. This trial farm has is being used as a training site for RUCID College students. Currently the trial farm is being developed to offer agro-tourism services as it overlooks Lake Wamala. It is on this farm one will find unique plants and structures. RUCID Trial farm is the oldest organic trial farm in Uganda.

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Food Processing and Value Addition

January 23, 2016

Food Processing and Value Addition

RUCID started its work in the then Mubende district in 1994. The main intervention was increasing food production and reliable daily income. Shortly food security at house hold improved and there was some surplus food which could be sold to earn income. The increase in the production resulted into availability of farm produce which required quick selling to avoid waste at the farm. RUCID learnt from the experience and then collaborated with partners in development to initiate the food processing department. Initially it was fruit drying but as time went by fruit juice making was introduced. Currently RUCID has two fruit drying facility one in Mubende Town council and the other at our trial farm in Lubanja village Mityana District. We also have a fruit juice processing facility in Mityana. All fruits processed are grown by the organically registered and certified farmers. Successes: Fruit drying has greatly improved in terms of quality depending on the market specifications. Fresh fruit juices have been organically certified and also acquired the national certification by Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) are properly bottled for marketing as ready to drink. The fruit processing department has offered training facilities to RUCID College students, farmers and other interested persons so that they can acquire skills and experiences in food processing and value addition. RUCID is the only Small enterprise in Uganda which is bottling fruit juices in glass bottles which is a sign of quality.

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Farmer training extension and on spot advice

January 23, 2016

Farmer training extension and on spot advice

Since 1994, RUCID has been training farmers in organic production especially in soil and water conservation, organic manuring methods, organic crop and animal management, crop and animal pests and disease control. Over the period over 30,000 farmers have been trained and according to the survey conducted by Misereor Germany 2005 it was found out that the farmers were able to increase their income by 45%. However, it was found out that the increment in income was not directly translated into development. However, those farmers we were working with are able to have food throughout the year and each household has at least one income generating enterprise. As a result of our intervention RUCID started a project aimed at linking the farmers to the market through fruit growing and value addition.

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Organic Certification

January 23, 2016

Organic Certification

RUCID is engaged in working with the farmers in the rural areas targeting farmers turning farming into a business instead of taking it as a cultural occupation and a way of lifestyle inherited from the grandparents. Farmers, in groups and as individuals have been trained in growing tropical fruits which include pineapples, mangoes, apple banana and jack fruit. About 1/4 of these fruits are bought by RUCID which are later processed into juices, jam, and dried fruit chip; this is a strategy of value addition and extending their shelf life. The rest of the fruits produced by the farmers are being marketed by the farmers themselves. The processed products will readily be available for consumption even during the time when there are no fruits in the field. Success: 8 groups with 250 farmers have had an initial organic certification according to EC 834 regulation and NOP standards. Farmers who have been involved in the organic certification program have expanded their land holdings by acquiring more land for production. Two examples include Mr. Nkunda Didas of Kiwuuba Kasambya Sub County who has been growing organic pineapples for 7 years has managed to educate his children up to university and is expanding his farm and Mr. Aloysius of Kazo has transformed his farm into a training ground for pineapple farmers in Mubende district. His farmers group has also established a fruit seed multiplication center for the area. On average the farmers we work with are able to sell fruits worth 6 million…

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RUCID Organic Agriculture Training College

January 23, 2016

RUCID Organic Agriculture Training College

Since its inception in 2007 140 students have graduated from this college and these graduates have attained certificates and diplomas in organic agriculture. The graduate students from RUCID have been taken or employed as extension workers by different Non-Government organizations and government departments. Some graduates have decided to become full-time farmers yet others are part-time farmers as they also do their paid work. College registration has steadily increased year after since its beginning. This has come as a result of both theory and on hands practical training.

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