A Llanrheadr-ym-Mochnant based charity have returned from a successful series of workshops in Uganda aimed at helping communities use their land sustainably.

Permaculture group Sector 39 say eight out of 10 Ugandans live in rural areas and depend upon rain-fed agriculture which is increasingly affected by climate change, so new methods are needed to ensure that enough food is grown in these challenging conditions.

Steve Jones of Sector 39 said: “We have been working with a wide range of people in schools and community initiatives.

"Two of the stand out projects that the training has helped are one to help girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in the Busoga High School, Kamuli and one that offers practical learning opportunities to the Ngora Orphans project.

“We are also working with Dolen Ffermio so that we can share our learning in schools in Mid Wales.”

As a result of the success of the project Sector 39 has been asked by other organisations working in Uganda to help them with their projects, this has resulted in them supporting displaced Sudanese refugees.

The project was supported by Hub Cymru Africa with funding from the Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa programme.

Cath Moulogo, Development Manager at Hub Cymru Africa said: “Permaculture plots are an excellent way to grow crops efficiently and sustainably, they can be adapted to the size of the space available.

“By training local people in with the skills needed to be trainers Sector 39 are helping people to take measures to support themselves and their own communities to grow crops in the face of the challenges of climate change.”