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 communities, has already set new dates for upcoming editions of the market, which will soon be able to be 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. The products sold include sweet potatoes, and other typical tubers, eggplant, coffee, bananas, honey and cacao beans, as well as plants and precious local seeds. Presidia and Ark of Taste products, like Balugu climbing yams, can also often be found on the market stalls. The 43 producers sells not only the fruits of the land but also crafts made from banana and palm fibers. Slow Food’s local network of young people organizes activities to collect unsold produce, cook it and serve it to the public during open events. The producers have also asked the committee to start organizing visits to the different farming communities, with the aim of strengthening ties.
In front of the Mukono district headquarters
Friday, every two weeks