Agricultural Entrepreneurship in Uganda
While KinoSol is focused on reducing food waste, we've found that there is the unique opportunity to continue pursuing our mission, and open the doors to allow others to help us, while educating them at the same time.
We've recently launched a program, where we partner with universities here in the U.S. to conduct agriculture and social entrepreneurship travel courses to Uganda. Students have the opportunity to learn practical entrepreneurship skills, work with Ugandan entrepreneurs, and help KinoSol move our mission forward of reducing food waste.
During this trip students will explore the startup ecosystem in Uganda, network with social entrepreneurs, and learn about the impact entrepreneurship and agriculture has on the Ugandan culture.
Students will gain first hand experience working with small-scale farmers throughout Uganda, and helping to educate them on the benefits of food dehydration, while learning about traditional agricultural practices.
Students will travel with KinoSol, a company based in Iowa focused on decreasing global food waste. Students will conduct research on the agriculture market, assist with community trainings to educate farmers on food preservation, and implement KinoSol solar food dehydrators.
Each KinoSol dehydrator supports an average of 6 individuals, providing them with more nutritious food during months of no harvest, and an additional revenue stream through selling dried outputs at local markets. Travelers will have a chance to experience communities' gratitude for this life-changing technology first-hand, and open students’ eyes to new cultures and ways of life, giving participants a more global perspective.
Day 1: Leave USA
Day 2: Arrive in Uganda
Day 3: Entrepreneurship tour, traditional market visit
Day 4: Entrepreneurship training in Kampala, Vertical Microgarden farm demo
Day 5: Travel to Kasese, farm tour
Day 6: Safari in Queen Elizabeth’s National Park
Day 7: Salt mine tour, & visit Kazinga Channel
Day 8: Community training in Kasese, visit women’s group
Day 9: Travel to Kigali National Park and return to Kampala
Day 10: Explore the Royal Tombs, visit National Agricultural Research Organization
Day 11: Leave Uganda
Day 12: Arrive in USA
*Travel itinerary and dates subject to change*
AGC-999 is a 3 credit course offered through Hawkeye Community College
Travel Dates: August 13-25th 2019
Cost: $2,700 & includes in-country transportation, meals, accommodations, and entrance fees.
Does not include: passport, visa to Uganda ($50), travel insurance ($30), and airfare (roughly $1,500).
Applications are due May 15 on www.getkinosol.com/ourtrip (If you apply by May 1, you will receive a $200 discount.)
Participants will have 4 pre-departure meetings. These meeting will cover community introductions, travel logistics, and cultural sensitivity training.