Restoring the natural environment
Kilimo Kisasa is committed not just to protect but also to restore the natural environment that local communities and nature depend on.
Biodiversity conservation, water and soil regeneration and climate change mitigation are key components of Kilimo Kisasa’s farming activities in Uganda. In 2022, we started a pilot biodiversity restoration and reforestation project in the wetlands adjacent to our farm. We recognise our responsibility as intensive potato producers to conduct our agricultural practices in an ecologically and socially sustainable manner that can ensure reliable food production and functioning ecosystems for future generations.
Biodiversity restoration in wetlands adjacent to farmland can increase the resilience of ecosystems and the communities depending on them. This increased resilience comes from so called ‘ecosystem services’ (e.g. water retention, pollination, soil fertility, etc.). Reforestation also ensures carbon storage in trees to mitigate climate change, which is harming biodiversity and vulnerable communities all over the world. Collaboration with local farmers, private sector and educational institutions can push development forward, and motivate communities to adopt more sustainable agricultural habits. Kilimo Kisasa’s wetland restoration project therefore has both a local and a global impact on sustainable food production that ensures healthy ecosystems.