Established in 2015, the Mukono-Wakiso Earth Market is Uganda’s first Earth Market. During an initial provisional phase, the market was held in front of the Mukono district headquarters and is run directly by the local food-producing communities.
The market’s organizing committee, made up of representatives from the producers themselves, that help to govern the Earth Market and ensure smooth running if the market. It is held on Friday, every two weeks. As well as representing a new and important outlet for direct sales for producers from Mukono, Wakiso and Buikwe. It also serves as a place for farmers and city residents to meet and share fresh products straight from the garden to the market. The products sold include sweet potatoes, and other typical tubers, eggplant, coffee, bananas, honey and other related products, cocoa fruits and beans, powdered plant products, different traditional and local vegetable varieties as well as plants and precious local seeds. Presidia and Ark of Taste products, like Balugu climbing yams and Ankole cattle Ghee. The 43 producers sells not only the fruits of the land but also crafts made from banana and palm fibers. Slow Food Youth Network of young people organizes activities to collect unsold produce, cook it and serve it to the public during open events(DISCO SOUP). The producers have also asked the committee to start organizing visits to the different farming communities, with the aim of strengthening ties.
More Earth Markets are soon to be launched in different parts of Uganda.
- Manafwa Earth Market (Eastern Uganda)
- Lira Earth Market (Northern Uganda)
Mukono Earth market
Where In front of the Mukono district headquarters
When Friday, every two weeks
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