05/2018. Four more Regional level Ecological Land Use Management (ELUM) centers of excellence Set Up

PELUM Uganda has further established 4 more Ecological Land Use Management (ELUM) centres of excellence in Kibaale, Kabale, Tororo and Buikwe districts to strengthen and facilitate continuous and decentralized learning on ELUM practices. The centres also known as Climate Resilience Agro Ecosystems Model (CRAEM) centers of excellence are hosted by lead farmers affiliated to four PELUM Uganda members. i.e. Emesco Development Foundation, Youth Association for Rural Development (YARD), Caritas Tororo and Caritas Kabale.

 A regionalized force

Unsustainable farming practices practiced in many parts of the country have led to massive environmental degradation which has led to reduced yields and increased poverty. Sustainable solutions are needed to overturn the negative trend.

The CRAEM/ELUM centres of excellence create synergies that facilitate context specific learning and development of systematic and comprehensive approaches that can be used to promote ELUM. PELUM Uganda acknowledges ecological land use management practices as key to enabling farmers and communities to adapt and become more resilient to climate change.

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Role of the ELUM/CRAEM centres of excellence 

  • The centres of excellence will demonstrate and offer practical training in ELUM, agro-ecology and applied research in the form of partnerships and collaborations with other research institutions and the private sector for greater impact.
  • They will build capacity of host farmers to provide quality training to other community members on ELUM.
  • They will improve and strengthen learning and replication of locally appropriate and effective ELUM practices that can be adopted by farming households to sustainably increase their yields, build their resilience to climate change and conserve the environment.

The 4 centres of excellence, which were competitively selected from 10 PELUM Uganda members, will be role models for other farmer groups and will deliver outreach and create impact in society by delivering excellent learning on ELUM.

The new centres of excellence include the following;

  1. A CREAM/ELUM Centre managed by Birembo Organic Farmer (affiliated to Emesco Development Foundation). The center is located in Birembo village, Birembo, Sub-county, Kibaale district and is hosted by Mr. Karebu Alfred, a smallholder farmer.
  2. A CREAM/ELUM Centre managed by Kagoye Caritas Farmer group (affiliated to Caritas Kabale). The center is located in Kagoye village, Nyamwezi Sub-county, Kabale district. The center is hosted by Mr. Godfrey Twigukye.
  3. A CREAM/ELUM Centre managed by Sirlwanyi Kirum group (affiliated to Caritas Tororo a partner of Horizont3000). The center is located in KRubongi village, Panyansi Sub-county, Tororo district. The center is hosted by Ms. Ann Katand.
  4. A CREAM/ELUM Centre managed by Kufuna Kwefako Framer group (affiliated to Youth Association for Rural Development -YARD). The center is located in Mawoloba village, Ngogwe Sub-county, Buikwe district. The center is hosted by Mr. Elia Mugenyi.
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02/2018. It’s the Land Awareness Week 2018

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The Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD) in partnership and collaboration with Soroti District Local Government, Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM Uganda), Oxfam, Trocaire, Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI), Land and Equity Movement in Uganda (LEMU), LANDnet Uganda, Food Rights Alliance (FRA), the Legal Aid Service Providers Network (LASPNET), formal and informal land actors is organizing the Land Awareness Week (LAW) event.

The event will take place from 26th February to 2nd March 2018 in Soroti District. It will be held under the theme, “Our Land, Our Heritage for Socio-Economic Development!”

Why the land Awareness Week?

For many years the land actors have focused on improving the land situation through a range of interventions in partnerships, consortia, and coalitions. However, there are still major concerns about the increasing number of land disputes and conflicts which have resulted into land tenure insecurity, land grabbing and loss of livelihood for many small scale farmers, women and men and consequently leading to low/under/non utilization of land, low productivity, food insecurity, and poverty.

Most information on land laws is complex for an ordinary person to comprehend since most of them have not been translated into simple understandable local languages. On this basis therefore, the land awareness week will provide a platform to share and disseminate knowledge to the community/public on all land related policies and laws, access to justice with regard to land governance, management and administration.

Main purpose of the Land Awareness Week 

The main purpose of the Land Awareness Week (LAW) is to provide a platform for dialogue and massive community awareness raising on policies and laws on land governance, land management and land administration and access to justice to strengthen land stakeholders’ capacity and enhance effectiveness and accountability in the delivery of land services. Specifically, the LAW is being organised to;

  1. To raise awareness of women, men, youth, PWDs, other vulnerable groups on land rights and land laws for effective engagements in land governance, management, land administration and access to justice.
  2. To provide a platform for community to dialogue with and hold the land duty bearers accountable for the delivery of land services.
  3. To provide a platform for women, men, youth, PWDs, other vulnerable groups to access guidance and legal counseling on land matters through Mobile Legal Clinics.
  4. Strengthen the linkages and collaboration among land actors at local and national levels.
  5. To document evidence based land rights issues to inform national level advocacy.

Planned activities during the LAW

  1. The Open Public Sensitization: This shall run for the entire week in selected locations. The public will be provided with information and platforms to sharw their views on land laws, land rights, developments within the land sectors and MLHUD among other. Issues from the public will be consolidated into policy briefs that will be presented to the Local Government of Soroti and MLHUD during the climax ceremony of the event.
  2. Mentorship of the Area Land Committees and District Land Board  (DLB) members: 50 members of the ALCs in Soroti district (from Katine, Asuret and other sub counties) and the DLB will be attached to the community sensitization forum for mentorship by the team’ legal experts. This is meant to further build their capacity in land governance and administration issues.
  3. District level stakeholders’ meetings: A 1-day stakeholders’ engagement meeting will be held at the district headquarters where the partners will disseminate and share relevant research on land rights, environmental issues, among others with land stakeholders (MPs, MLHUD, police, judiciary, district officials, cultural, opinion & religious leaders, CSOs, media, private sector etc).
  4. Music exhibition: We will utilise local talent to produce songs on the LAW theme. A panel of adjudicators and farmers will select the best three songs on the closing day of the awareness week. These will then be refined and widely promoted across the region.
  5. Media engagements: through news bulletins, spot messages singling out selected provisions of the land act, succession act, etc; radio talk shows etc.
  6. Mobile legal clinics: The Mobile Legal Clinics will be set up as parallel events in the respective open public sensitization venues for farmers to report their land related cases and get information on land. The clinics will be open to the general public. The services offered will strictly be legal advice and counseling.
  7. Climax March and closing ceremony: This will be held on the final day. The closing ceremony shall involve an open dialogue and presentation of issues/voices from farmers in regards to land governance and land administration to MLHUD and Soroti District Local Government.
  8. Parallel events:  these will include; Exhibition/showcasing of land rights related work done by the various farmer groups, CSOs, MLHUD and Soroti district local government; Legal clinics offering counseling and legal advice.
  9. Church/Mosque LAW sermons; We will have various religious denominations dedicate their sermons on land Rights issues so as to reach believers with the LAW information.

10/2017. Launch of our new Strategic Plan 2017-2021

We recently launched our new Strategic Plan 2017-2021!

The 5-year plan was launched on 22nd September 2017 in the presence of PELUM Uganda members, partners, Country Board members and staff. The Strategic Plan was officially launched by  Dr. Kennedy Igbokwe, the Project Manager, climate change and resilience at FAO who also served as the guest of honor.

PELUM Uganda’s new plan will be implemented under the theme, “Nurturing our agro-ecosystems to guarantee sustainable food systems”.  Within the next years, we want to see “Communities in Uganda sustainably utilizing their natural resources” (Vision). We will contribute to this through, “enhancing the effectiveness of members in promoting ecological land use management among farming communities through capacity building, research and innovation, networking and advocacy” (Mission).

The plan has 4 Domains of Change and Strategic Objectives as indicated below

Domains of Change Strategic Objective
Programmes and services PELUM Uganda with programmes and services that strengthen member’s capacities to build resilience of farming communities in the period 2017-2021.
2. Partnerships and working relations

 

PELUM Uganda with relevant and effective working partnerships and relations in the period 2017-2021.
Organisational functioning

 

PELUM Uganda functioning efficiently and effectively as an organisation in the period 2017-2021.
Financing

 

PELUM Uganda with adequate financing for planned undertakings in the period 2017-2021

 

During the launch, some members and farmers shared about how they have benefited from PELUM Uganda’s work in the past and their hope for continued impact in the coming years. ” I am a 77 year old retired civil servant and smallholder farmer. I have been working with PELUM Uganda and IIRR since 2011. They have given me a lot of trainings in simple water harvesting technologies, good farming practices…. After one training at St. Jude in Masaka,  I went back home, dug a pit, put a polythne and started harvesting water… I am now a model farmer in my area. I train my neighbors such as students from Bobi training polytechnic in good farming practices. I am old but I am making a lot of money. I encourage all of you to work hard but also visit my farm so that we can share experiences,” commented Mr. Okello, a farmer from Gulu district.

The PELUM Uganda country secretariat team also shared about the 3 models developed, piloted and out-scaled among members and partners. These models include; the Climate Resilient Agro Ecosystems Model (CRAEM), the Community Managed Seed Security Model (CMSSM) and the Pesa Agro marketing model. They also shared about the Gender Action Learning System (GALS) methodology that PELUM Uganda has been out-scaling in partnership with Oxfam in Uganda and other organisations

In his speech, the Guest of Honor, Dr. Igbokwe appreciated PELUM Uganda for the 5 models presented and committed to work with the country secretariat team to further scale them out. “Although each model can work on its own, they could work best when integrated together within a particular context. I commit to see how to scale-out the models within FAO,” he commented

Here is an article about the launch as published in the New Vision newspaper 

WE ARE NOW 55! Please join us in welcoming The Primates World Relief and Development Fund to the PELUM Uganda Family

Please join us in welcoming  PRIMATES WORLD RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT FUND (PWRDF) to the PELUM Uganda family. This brings the total membership to 55! 

About PWRDF

PWRDF is a charitable organization registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. PWRDF currently works (through partners) in 25 countries globally in Latin America, Asia, Africa, Canada (Bangladesh, Burundi, Canada, Cuba, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tanzania, Uganda)

In Uganda, they work in Kyankwanzi and Masaka Districts.

Vision: A truly just, healthy, and peaceful world.

Mission: As an instrument of faith, PWRDF connects Anglicans in Canada to communities around the world in dynamic partnerships to advance development, to respond to emergencies, to assist refugees, and to act for positive change.

Main activities: PWRDF collaborates with development and relief organizations in Canada and around the world – both church-based and secular – to respond to humanitarian crises, carry out long-term community development, and engage in education and advocacy. Humanitarian and development programs are wide-ranging. Food security, preventive health and micro-finance are also areas of priority.

With partners, PWRDF seeks to support vulnerable people to become agents of their own and their community’s transformation. Communications and public engagement with Canadians helps support partners’ initiatives around the world. 

For more information about PWRDF visit them at www.pwrdf.org

 

NEW!!! Launch of the PELUM Uganda Strategic Plan 2017-2021

We are pleased to share with you our new Strategic Plan 2017-2021. The plan is a road map for PELUM Uganda’s next five years and will be implemented under the theme, “Nurturing our agro-ecosystems to guarantee sustainable food systems”. 

The Strategic Plan was launched on September 22nd, 2017. You can visit our Blog to read more about the event. 

Here is an article about the launch as published in the New Vision newspaper

You can click here to download the Plan

 

09/2017. PELUM Uganda elects a new Country Board

One Friday 22nd September 2017, PELUM Uganda held its Triennial General Meeting (TGM) in which a new Country Board (CB) was elected. The new Board maintained Mr. Joseph Ssuuna (Independent Director) and Ms. Harriet Ndagire Sempebwa (Kulika Uganda) as Chairperson and Vice chairperson respectively. Other re-elected were Ms. Hellen N. Kasujja (CIDI) and Diana N. Kibuuka (Independent Director) as members. This was in accordance with the PELUM Uganda constitution provision that calls for 40% retention of the CB members (at least 3 people).

The full list of the new CB is s follows;

   Name Organisation Designation on the CB
1. Mr. Joseph Ssuuna Independent Director Chairperson
2. Ms. Harriet Ndagire Sempebwa Kulika Uganda Vice chairperson
3. Ms. Hellen Nakawooya. Kasujja Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI) Member
4. Diana Ninsiima. Kibuuka Independent Director Member
5. Mr. Felix Lochap Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO) Treasurer
6. Ms. Agnes Mable Mirembe Action for Rural Women Empowerment (ARUWE) Member
7. Ms. Josephine Kiiza St. Jude Family Projects Member
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Part of the CB team (L-R) Diana Ninsiima Kibuuka, Harriet Ndagire Sempebwa, Hellen Nakawooya Kasujja, Joseph Ssuuna and the PELUM Uganda Country Coordinator Stella Grace Lutalo

In his opening remarks as the newly elected CB Chairperson, Mr. Joseph Ssuuna said that, “ I appreciate members for once again entrusting me and the new team with authority to take forward what PELUM Uganda stands for. I hope that when we come back here in 3-years’ time, we will be able to hand over a stronger organisation.”

At the same meeting, out-going Country Board members were given awards in appreciation of their dedicated service to PELUM Uganda.

 

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The newly elected Country Board chairperson, Mr. Joseph Ssuuna (left) presents an award to out-going CB member, Mr. John Febian Olweny in appreciation of his dedicated service to PELUM Uganda

Below are more pictures from the event

08/2017. Introducing GALS methodology to Trocaire Uganda and its partners

By Doreen Nanyonga
(M&E and Documentation Officer, PELUM Uganda)

About 2 weeks ago, I shared about our trip to Juba town where my colleague John Bosco Okaya and I conducted a Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop for Oxfam South Sudan Programme staff and its partners. It was a successful 6-days trip (these pictures speak for themselves).

Fast forward, this week, we are in Arua, West Nile region of Uganda once again introducing the GALS methodology to another team -Trocaire Uganda and its partners and some staff from Trocaire Kenya. This time round, Paula Viko from Community Empowerment for Development (CEFORD) joined the training team. Participants in the training consist of Programme Managers, Officers and field staff who want to mainstream gender in agro-ecology and women empowerment programmes using GALS.

It’s Day 2 of the training and already we can see organisational champions (GALS change agents) emerging from within the team. Many participants are looking forward to introducing the Vision Road Journey in their individual household planning processes. We have introduced the Gender Balance Tree and discussed gender issues that impede individual and household progress and how the tool can be adopted to different contexts. The plenary and other sharing sessions have shown the willingness of these people to gain more knowledge and understanding of the Tools so as to better introduce them in their organisations.

The learning continues…..

08/2017. Taking the GALS methodology to South Sudan

By Doreen Nanyonga
M&E and Documentation Officer, PELUM Uganda

This week my colleague John Bosco Okaya of Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD) and I embarked on a journey to Juba, South Sudan to train Oxfam South Sudan staff and its partners on the Gender Action Learning System (GALS) methodology for their DFID HARISS project. This is the first GALS training of its kind in the country and we are so proud to be a part of it. Our journey started on Saturday 5th August 2017 from Kampala and will end on Monday 14th August 2017.

About the GALS methodology

GALS is a community-led empowerment methodology using specific participatory processes and diagram tools which aims to give women as well as men more control over their lives as the basis for individual, household, community and organisational development (Mayoux, 2014). GALS is not only a ‘methodology for women’, but a mainstreaming methodology for women and men to address gender issues important to the effectiveness of any development. The GALS methodology provides practical tools and an all-inclusive participatory process and platform for individuals and groups to analyse their livelihoods with a gender perspective and take practical steps to address gender inequalities such as the division of labour and household chores between women and men, decision making about income, expenditures and assets and reduction of alcohol abuse and violence.

A key focus is breaking through gender-based barriers at individual level and changing gender inequalities within the family as challenges which prevent both women and men from achieving their vision.

GALS Tools introduced to participants so far

Participants to the training are Oxfam staff and partners who work in various parts of South Sudan. They are all working towards the development of communities that have already been affected by war, culture and other forces. GALS is being brought on board to support mainstreaming of gender in programming as well as improving livelihoods within households.

It is Day four of the training and already, we have introduced participants to the Vision Road Journey, the Gender Balance Tree, the Empowerment Map and the Challenge Action Tree. With each tool introduced to participants, there is more learning and appreciation of the methodology as a planning tool that communities can easily adopt. We can already see positive changed in attitudes and opinions of participants towards the methodology compared to Day 1 of the training. For instance, where they once thought GALS was not relevant for the fishing sector because it is male dominated, now we are hearing more of , ‘after discussions and getting to understand the methodology, I know that women too have potential. They can fish if given the opportunity’. We can’t wait to hear more of these intial changes in attitudes among facilitators and households.

About the Oxfam Project in South Sudan

You see, the Oxfam office in SS is implementing a DFID funded project referred to as the  Humanitarian, Assistance and Resilience in South Sudan (HARISS). The 4-year project is titled, “Building the resilience of women, men, and youth in South Sudan by protecting and strengthening their ability to withstand environmental and conflict related disasters and shocks”. The project seeks to strengthen livelihood and local leadership capacity of conflict affected communities and local and national policy and practice to create a self-determinant and resilient context, enabling people to pursue their aspirations equitably, freely and with confidence and dignity. By focusing on women and youth groups, local leadership and business who want to invest in their community, Oxfam seeks to achieve an environment that bends, not breaks to current and future crises.

The project seeks to work with households using GALS to achieve behaviour change, ensuring that there is space created for women to take decisions and benefit equally with men from the proceeds of the DFID HARISS project.

Expect more photo updates in the coming days!!