Meet Robert, our Agronomist in Iganga!
Robert Lubega is the person who made me realize FARM STEW was possible. He was an Agricultural Extension agent for the local farmers cooperative I was assigned to while I was volunteering for USAID's Farmer to Farmer Program. He was serving as my translator while I conducted hands-on nutrition and cooking classes, featuring soy and vegetables and using the Bible as our primary text. But he was SO much more!! As I began to say less and he led more of the class, the community response was tremendously positive.
Robert learned so quickly and soon was teaching me relevant facts about agronomy! He was particularly thrilled with the fact that, except for information that was practical and immediately applicable, we were bringing in nothing from outside the village. His facilitation made me realize that local leaders could conduct classes in their local language and in so doing capture the attention and the heart of class participants.
I am thankful that Robert and all four of the original FARM STEW Uganda team members are still carrying on the vision!