1. What does Godson do?
->Godson deals with farmers support programs for the production of nutritional crops such as chia and Amaranth seeds that comply with the European export standards.
-> Godson is a social business focused on transforming the livelihoods of the marginalized smallholder farmers in Uganda.
-> Our program concentration areas are the Northern and Western Uganda regions of Oyam and Kasese and their surroundings respectively.
2. What is your mission?
-> Our mission is to transform livelihoods of the smallholder farmers through organic certified production of the internationally sought nutritional foods.
-> We assist farmers to fairly participate in the chosen value chains.
3. What is your unique selling point?
-> Our organic certified products are 100% natural and completely free from pesticides and herbicides. (PURE ORGANIC)
-> We provide both production and post-harvest technology that help the farmers reduce losses and maximize their incomes.
-> We go beyond buying and selling and guide farmers in social improvement programs such as Financial literacy and modern financial services inclusion
-> We have partnered with financial institutions such as Stanbic Bank to support include the smallholders’ farmers into modern financial services and develop a culture of savings and banking.
4. What are the benefits for the farmers?
-> Higher incomes from the sales of chia seeds ( more than twice the income from the closest second crop earner)
-> Improved incomes through reduction of post-harvest losses by making available the harvesting trampolines and the threshing machines and other services.
-> Improved Health and nutritions for the farmers and their families through chia seeds consumption at the rural households level.
-> Financial services inclusion and benefits such as farmers loans.
-> Financial literacy to promote savings and saving groups. Promoting agency banking Group at rural centers to harness savings.
-> Timely payments to the farmers for their produce immediately after harvesting hence providing the incomes when needed.
-> Free advice to farmers on alternative village business and personal development such as housing and sanitation.
5. How do you care for the environment?
-> Certified organic farming is mainly about environmental care and protection.
-> We train farmers on the protection of water catchment areas, and non-use of chemicals.
-> Organic farmers are not allowed to cut trees at their gardens and are instead encouraged to plant more trees.
6. How do you secure the quality?
-> We provide our farmers with tarpaulins for harvesting to mitigate the risk of contamination.
-> We provide threshing equipment and threshing services to ensure that the chia seeds are of good quality hygienically.
-> We rent appropriate stores for the farmers produce storage at every village where the seeds storage is monitored for moisture and quality management.
-> We have field officers employed to support the farmers and provide advice on production and quality management.
7. What is your vision/ what are your plans for the future?
-> To transform the livelihoods of the marginalized communities in the areas we have identified as most desiring our support.
-> We desire to see the families enjoy good housing, good health and good education for their children.
-> To see that all the farmers, we work with the transform from the past less than $ per day through to at least $5 and engage in rural investment through increased savings.
-> Our future plans are to grow the organic farmers’ participation in the transformation programs from the current 3,800 organic farmers to 25,000 certified organic farmers by the year 2022, producing 50,000tonnes of organic produce for export markets.
-> To increase the farmers’ participation in the additional export-oriented organic value chain for additional crops to mitigate global price fluctuations. ( From the current 3 nutritional crops of Chia, Soya, and Amaranth to at least 5 crops) in the next 3 years.
-> To see the vision of Organic Uganda being realized. Make Uganda globally recognized and acknowledged as the “Organic Pearl of Africa” – global leadership in organic production.
#When you think ORGANIC – think UGANDA.