Faith & Farming
According to the Bible, God is twice described as a farmer and the first form of employment handed over to man in Genesis 2:15 was tilling and keeping the land. Farming started from Adam, Cain and Abel through Abraham, David to Jesus and his disciples. Jesus himself made frequent reference to the land and its products in his teachings such as the Parable of the Sower, the Wheat and the Tares, the Mustard Seed and the Treasure Hidden in the Field. The fruitfulness, multiplication, preservation and having dominion over birds of the air, fish in the water and every living creatures that moves on the land is a blessing that every farmer needs today inorder to gainfully reap from the ground that was cursed.
Christians therefore should take farming as one of their major spiritual and physical activities either on a full or part time basis.
In Uganda likewise, agriculture is the back bone of the economy, employing more than 70% of the population and contrinuting to about 50% of Uganda’s export earnings. Because more than 80% of the population are small holder farmers and live in rural areas, developing the sector can be a good deal of reducing rural poverty, boosting prosperity and creating meaningful employment especially among the women and the youth
But misuse of land and natural resources arising from poor agricultural practice, low technological adoption, insecurity of land ownership, poor access to extension services, low quality inputs and lack of credit have remained Uganda’s biggest problem. In Northern Uganda, indiscriminate defforestaion for charcoal business, poor roads, land wrangles, domestic violence as a result of the impact of the LRA war continue to hinder meaningful agricultural development
Most importantly, extreme climate change, high population growth rate, urbanization, booming domestic and international demand for food, and the potential exploration of Uganda’s oil and gas deposit does not only pose a threat to Uganda’s environment and food security but also provide an opportunity for massive agricultural production
To sustainably increase agricultural prodictivity and household income while adapting to and building resilience to climate change, Thou Art The Christ subscribes to and patners with different farmer organizations like Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE), Young Farmers Fedetaion of Uganda (UNYFA), Koch Maize Farmers Cooporative Society among others to provide agicultural services to small holder farmers within the community of Northern Uganda. This services includes but not limited to practical agricultural training and extension, market and market information, agricultural inputs and loans, agribuiness tours, advisory services among others. With the help of the Church demonstration garden, many people have been encouraged to join agriculture for food security and commercial purposes