Fred keeps his eye on the big picture – food security for Africa
Fred Mutenyo is ForAfrika’s programmes manager in Uganda where he focuses on ways for refugees and the local community to grow their own food.
Fred Mutenyo in the field.
Fred is passionate about getting people from a state of surviving to thriving and his programmes are testament to this. He is also keen on climate-friendly solutions because assisting African people to withstand existential shocks is essential for the future.
Africa is vulnerable.
According to various international bodies, including the United Nations and the African Development Bank, Africa is the most vulnerable continent to climate change, despite contributing the least amount of emissions. It is also vulnerable to other events, such as pandemics and war. The world is currently facing one of the worst hunger crises ever seen, exacerbated by shortages and rising costs of food, oil and fertiliser caused by the war in Ukraine.
ForAfrika is increasingly focused on empowering people with the skills they need to produce their own food and sell the surplus to secure an income. Under Fred’s leadership, our programmes in Uganda have blossomed and garnered high praise from both the government and our United Nations partners.
Fred has an extraordinary ability to quickly assess a situation and react accordingly and imaginatively — and he is willing to replicate his success in the other countries we serve too.
With a personal motto of “Win, win, win,” he just swooshes in and gets things done!
Fred has 21 years’ experience in human development and even though he has only been with ForAfrika for a year, his contribution has been enormous. His climatesmart practices earned him a nomination for our Innovation Award last year.
He led the team and participants in various activities: creating circular gardens that conserve water; using mango leaves to incubate seedlings which eventually decompose to provide natural fertiliser; and creating organic pesticides that fight plant diseases and boost yield.
“These are low-cost, environmentally conscious African solutions,” says Fred with a huge grin.
ForAfrika prides itself on partnering intimately with communities, bringing resources and implementing programmes that are locally led and which address the barriers people face, leading to equitable growth and transformation.
Fred builds circular gardens that conserve water; uses mango leaves to incubate seedlings which eventually decompose to provide natural fertiliser; and creates organic pesticides that fight plant diseases and boost yield.
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