Productivity, social development, sustainability and equity are the guiding principles of this project that will be realized in Uganda and in Italy. The AISS project is sponsored by Fondazione Cariplo, Regione Lombardia and Comune di Milano and is managed by Fondazione Mission Bambini and Insieme si può with the support of Fondazione Umano Progresso. In Uganda, the project is coordinated by Mission Bambini and the local NGO ISP Uganda.
The aim of the project is to promote a model of sustainable agricultural development that encourages the World Citizenship Education (WCE), especially during Milano EXPO 2015.
Furthermore, the project intends to foster the spread of a sustainable agricultural model across the local economic communities of Uganda through the increase of farmer ownership, contributing to the struggle against poverty and food insecurity. The project takes advantage of the experience already tested in Uganda by ISP in Africa in order to expand the production and marketing of coffee and greenhouse vegetable crops.
The implementation of these two social businesses will allow the increase of farmers’ income, that of the project beneficiaries, and also the economic growth for the local no-profit organizations involved.
In Italy an innovative program of World Citizenship Education in schools was initiated, which along with the communication plan, visibility and awareness of the project in Lombardia, will promote the spread of a development model that is sensitive to the issues of Milano EXPO 2015.
These production sectors, coffee and greenhouse crops, match the Expo2015 clusters and are the result of a careful analysis of the Uganda agricultural situation in the intervention area. In fact, among the commodities produced in Uganda, coffee is the major source of income in terms of foreign currency and involves more than a half million families for its production. Moreover, the high population density of the country (173 occupants per km2) shows the need to implement agricultural methods, in urban and peri-urban areas, to maximize the yield of agricultural products. Hence, increasing the production of vegetables in greenhouse can encourage the development of social businesses linked to this sector.
The AISS project will run for 24 months in Uganda, and will focus on the development of two production chains:
• coffee for the expansion of production and marketing.
• horticultural greenhouse to expand the crop production.
In Italy, the project will focus on the development of a program of World Citizenship Education and the promotion of all activities during the Milano EXPO 2015.