About Us

What is PELUM Association?

Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Association is a regional network of over 220 civil society organizations in 12 countries in East, Central and Southern Africa working in the area of participatory ecological land use management. The Association works to improve the livelihoods of small-scale farmers and the sustainability of farming communities, by fostering ecological land use management. Country chapters include Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland and Ethiopia.

PELUM in Uganda

Since 1995, PELUM Uganda has been working to improve the livelihoods of small-scale farmers and the sustainability of rural communities, through the fostering of ecological land use management. We:

  • Share skills and knowledge about good practices and techniques, through a broad network of likeminded organisations;
  • Undertake research and demonstration projects; and
  • Advocate for policies that better support small-scale farmers;


Empowered communities sustainably utilizing their natural resources


We are a network of organisations promoting ecological land use management through capacity building, research and advocacy for improved community livelihoods.

Our Areas of Work

1. Agricultural Market Development

We promote smallholder farmers’ access to favorable agricultural markets for improved incomes. We focus on access to  agricultural credit services, access to market information, postharvest handling, value addition and marketing of agricultural products and promoting farmer friendly and gender sensitive marketing models and value chain development approaches

2. Sustainable farming systems

We promote sustainable farming systems among smallholder farmers for enhanced agricultural productivity. Here we focus on seed security, climate change adaptation, ecological land Use and indigenous knowledge systems.

3. Advocacy

We promote effective participation of member organizations in policy processes on issues that affect agricultural production and market access. Here, we focus on policy research and dissemination, policy engagements, dialogues and debates on issues affecting smallholder farmers, and creating strategic partnerships and with like- minded organizations, policy makers and media to pursue advocacy issues affecting smallholder farmers.


You can visit our website to download the Strategic Plan (2012-2016)  or read The PELUM Uganda Case Statement for more details