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! 


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


06/2017. Civil Society Perspectives on the FY 2017/18 National Budget


On Thursday 8th June 2017 we witnessed Members of Parliament and other stakeholders heading to Serena Kampala hotel to listen-in to the reading of Uganda’s FY 2017/2018 National budget in accordance to Article 155 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. While presenting the budget, Hon. Matia Kasaija the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development mentioned that the budget had three key messages in its theme –“Industrialization for Job Creation and Shared Prosperity”. PELUM Uganda organized a listening in dialogue at Hotel Africana, on the same day, under the theme, “Citizens’ expectations in the FY 2017/18 Budget”. This was aimed at creating awareness about the budget allocations and having participants identify areas to inform PELUM Uganda’s advocacy on the budget.

Hon. Matia Kasaija emphasized the fact that the Agriculture Sector is key in providing food security, export earnings and creating gainful job opportunities for the Ugandan youth and women. All this underlined a need for Government to address salient issues in Agriculture including climate change which is arising partly from the destruction of wetlands and deforestation; low survival rates of distributed seedlings,   inadequate infrastructure that accounts for over 30% loss of production; inadequate extension services, lack of coordination among institutions in the sector, inadequate compliance with and enforcement of standards right from farms to processors and a high cost of financing for Agriculture enterprises. The minister further mentioned that Uganda’s industrialization will be anchored on Agriculture, Agro-processing and Value addition. “Linking Agriculture to industry is the strategy in which the economy will be transformed to deliver inclusive growth and development”, he said.

With these and other remarks on the Agricultural Sector, civil society representatives were not happy with the final budget allocation to the agriculture sector considering that although the minister highlighted the many challenges in the sector there was no allocation to some of those issues raised.  “Beautiful budget speech it was. The question is where is this money?” asked Mr. Olweny from Action Aid Uganda. More views expressed were on climate change interventions being too limited, lack of attention to extension service provision, limited coordination and absence of an office responsible for making decisions and guiding the Sector. A mismatch has always been observed in planning and implementation at National and Local Government levels with limited or no participation of community structures and direct beneficiaries.

Action Aid Uganda’s Charles Olweny gives his remarks on the FY 2017/18 National budget during the listening-in session

Mr. Agong from CSBAG added his voice to the previous speakers mentioning that the budget is increasing but the revenue is not. “The Uganda Revenue Authority is only collecting shs14 trillion, leaving a small margin in the services,” he cited. On another note, he mentioned that Uganda has failed to actualize what was signed in the Maputo declaration. “Why then did we sign it?” he wondered. Mr. Agong also stated that the budget has failed to prioritize sectors that have a linkage to agriculture including the sector of lands and housing.

Mr. Mukasa, a farmer from AFIRD said that the budget was not realistic at all. He went on to add that Agriculture is the backbone of our economy and therefore we will not attain a middle income status by 2020 if agriculture is not given priority. Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) is receiving a lot of money but not putting it to proper use. Extension service providers need to support OWC.

Also brought to attention by Ms. Namaga a Senior Program Officer at UDN, was the current debt of is Ug shs32.5 trillion. She said that, “as a country, if we decide to pay back our debt, it will be at a loss because some of this money has not been utilized. A number of loans are not performing; we are not able to send some/ part of the money. Government borrows at very high interest rates, compared to conventional terms, not forgetting the high percentage of debt maturity.”

There were recommendations from the house. Ms. Harriet Ndagire from Kulika Uganda said that the Ministry of Agriculture should re-attain its mandate of running everything related to agriculture. Currently its authority and roles have been taken over by OWC. She encouraged working with local governments at different levels and participating in monitoring, budgeting and engaging government at all levels to ensure that the budget for agriculture sector benefits the vulnerable communities.


06/2017. Together we can protect our Land


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With the annual economic growth rate of 3%, there is huge pressure and demand for land for investments by the government, foreign governments, multinational corporations, and local investors in Uganda. Recently the government has attempted to amend the Article 26 of the constitution that would allow compulsory acquisition of land by government without adequate prior compensation of land owners. This would be a great setback in the land sector.

During the just concluded Land Awareness Week, we were able to develop demands that need to be addressed for the case of Amuru District, hoping that once these demands are addressed there will be lasting peace in the district and in particular in Apaa sub-country where most of the land wrangles are taking place. Promoting land rights needs concerted efforts of all stakeholders. Together we protect our land.

To read about the demands we developed during the Land Awareness Week in Amuru District that took place from 15th-19th May 2017, please follow the link below


06/2017. Don’t miss the Civil Society FY 2017/18 Budget Digest


Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group in partnership with other stakeholders such as PELUM Uganda, Oxfam, Trocaire, Uganda Debt Network, Diakonia among others is organising a CIVIL SOCIETY FY 2017/18 BUDGET DIGEST under the theme, “Stimulating the Economy and Addressing Vulnerabilities: The Role of the FY 2017/18 Budget.”

The event will take place on 22nd June 2017 at Uganda Manufacturers’ Association from 2:00PM -4:30PM.

There will be 2 Panel Discussions on;

  1. Stimulating the Economy: How will success look like with FY 2017/18: this will led by Dr. Maggie Kigozi, Richard Ssewakiryanga and Dr. Joseph Muvawala;
  2. Tracing interventions for addressing Vulnerabilities and inequality in the FY 2017/18 Budget: this will be led by Sylvia Ntambi, Salima Namusobya and Margaret Kakande.

Do not miss this important discussion!



05/2017. Join us for the Land Awareness Week (LAW)

From 14th-19th 2017, the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD) will organise a “Land Awareness Week-(LAW)” in Amuru Sub County in Amuru district.

The event will be done in partnership with varous stakeholders including; Amuru District Local Government, PELUM Uganda,  LANDnet Uganda, the Food Rights Alliance (FRA), the Eastern and Southern Africa farmers Forum (ESAFF), ActionAid, ZOA, International Justice Mission (IJM), Solidarity Uganda, the Acholi Religious Leaders’ Peace Initiative (ARLPI), the Legal Aid Service Providers Network (LASPNET), International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR).





The purpose of the Land Awareness Week-(LAW) will be to provide platforms for massive community awareness raising and community capacity strengthening on land rights, land governance, administration and land laws for effective and improved delivery and accountability in the land services. Specifically, the event will be used to;

  • Raise awareness of smallholder farmers (women, youth, PWDs and men) and grassroots organizations on land rights, land laws and collective advocacy to enhance their effective engagements in land governance and land administration.
  • Provide a forum for small scale farmers (women, youth, PWDs and men) to dialogue and hold the land duty bearers accountable for the delivery of land services.
  • Strengthen the linkages between various local, regional and national platforms engaged in land rights advocacy.
  • Document land rights issues and evidence to inform national level advocacy.

Planned activities include;  open public sensitization at parish levels, music exhibition on land rights, media engagements through radio talk shows, and Mobile legal clinics.

For more activities of the Land Awareness Week-(LAW), please read the Concept Note on the LAW as well as the week’s program

03/2017. Implication of Commoditization and privatization of land on women’s land rights


The discovery of natural resources such as gold, cobalt, oil and gas and the increasing desire for greater agriculture production and productivity have increased the demand for land as a key factor of production. Land is now viewed as a commodity and faces stiff competition from foreign and domestic investors who want it for  investment and communities who depend on it as a source of their livelihood.

The rise of land based investments in Uganda has also resulted into land scarcity through legal and illegal (land grabbing) means. Land is being leased to foreign investors for up to 99 years. Investors’ right of access to land have been recognized and protected at the cost of people’s land rights especially women, majority of whom do not have the capacity to defend their rights.

Current Land governance Vs Women’s land rights

The current state of land governance in Uganda and the move to privatize and commoditize land could have far reaching implications on women’s land rights. This is especially true given the fact that only 10% of registered land in Uganda is owned by women. In cases where registered land is owned by both women and men, women are often reported to be left out during compensations.

Violation of women’s right to land causes major livelihood implications for all involved especially children, the elderly and men as well. Women bear the brunt of fending for their families in terms of food and housing a role that is majorly made possible by their access to land.

What needs to be done?

In order to effectively support women’s access to land,

  • There is need to make the investment, land and related legal frameworks more coherent to issues of women rights and gender equality for women’s economic empowerment.
  • The Government of Uganda needs to utilize the UN guiding principles on Business and Human rights and the AU guidelines on Large scale land based investments and to include a requirement in the country’s legal frameworks to community consultations to be undertaken before the award of land for investment to an investor. 
  • There is need to enhance the capacity of community women to be able to defend their land rights and to effectively participate in and influence community-investor-government consultations
  • Government needs to take deliberate steps towards meeting human rights obligations i.e. to fulfill, protect and respect citizens’ human rights.

In addition government needs to adhere to some of the rural women’s demands in the chatter made during the Kilimanjaro initiative. The demands include:

  • Avoiding land based investments which forcefully displace rural communities, particularly women and children.
  • Women and communities must have a say on who and what kind of investment and the type of companies investing in their communities. The investor must be obliged to provide information about the impacts of their investment (sustainability-economic, environmental, health, social, and infrastructural).
  • Investments on land should be done in partnership with communities, governments, and investors-jobs; development projects (water, roads, schools, hospitals, etc).

Further still as we ask government to observe these demands that were made by rural women across Africa lets seek for knowledge on land rights at personal, family and community level to guard ourselves against hungry investors that have increased their demand for land. 

02/2017. Policy makers agree to CSO proposals for the FY 2017/2018 budget


As we (CSOs and the public) continue to engage in the budget process, it is important to note that the discussions on agriculture financing are already yielding results. During a budget retreat that was held early this year, CSOs conducted an analysis of major government documents and came up with the a number of recommendations for the the FY 2017/2018 budget . The analysis and recommendations were mainly based on the budget proposals for FY 2017/18, the Government Annual Performance Report FY 2015/16 and the National Development Plan (NDP) II. The analysis revealed that the proposals made by government for the FY 2017/18 budget were not in line with NDP II. Based on this, CSO recommended;

  1. Supporting the non-wage vote function for agriculture extension workers to aid the delivery of services and outreach to the target beneficiaries
  2. Strengthen and demonstrate linkages between National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADs) Secretariat (Operation Wealth Creation) and the Directorate of Extension (DAE) and Local Government structures to ensure an effective and efficient agricultural input distribution system .
  3. In terms of water for production Parliament and cabinet were called upon to intervene in resolving the current institutional dispute over the conflicting mandates between Ministry of Water and Environment and Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) in order to fast track development of the National Irrigation Policy and Master Plan while at the same time putting in place an independent irrigation agency/water for production (irrigation, water for animals and forestry). In addition another recommendation was to fast track irrigation schemes in Bukedea (Acomai), Bulambuli (Atai) and Kween and invest more in water projects (irrigation schemes, valley tanks, valley dams).
  4. Government was to exploit the possibility of establishing an Agricultural Bank that would explicitly focus on farmers credit needs, hedge against risks such as crop failures and volatilities in the prices of agro products. This would be made possible through the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development. 
  5. Distribution of inputs by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) should be conducted by NAADs and OWC to ensure consistency.
  6. The NARO budget should be increased in order to aid responsive functionality of National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) to meet the sector objectives and the National Development Plan (NDP II) goals.
CSBAG members present budget proposals during a press conference held on 20th January 2017 at CSBAG offices

These recommendations were presented to the Agriculture committee in Parliament which agreed with some of them including; a) having a master plan that clearly states the respective responsibilities for the Ministry of Water and Environment and Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) in regards to water for production and irrigation.  The committee also noted that b) part of the budget for seedlings/seeds inputs would be re-allocated to strengthen the agricultural extension services. Further still the c) committee recommended that government should fast track implementation of the National Extension Policy and Strategy and avail resources to the Local governments to operationalise the single spine extension system.

The same proposals were presented during the inter ministerial meeting on 6th February 2017 at the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development and the delegation from Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries agreed to reach out to the President for some of the budget for seedlings/seeds inputs to be re-allocated to strengthen the agricultural extension services. In order to address the issue of water for production, government would look out for strategies on how the mandate between the two ministries can be harmonized. This was as a result of the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury Mr. Keith Muhakanizi clearly raising issues within the sector including the low mortality rates of seedlings given out,  water for production challenges, disease control and MAAIF not implementing some projects.

Out of the recommendations presented, a number of them are still pending including:  

  1. Establishing an agricultural bank
  2. Increasing funding to National Agriculture Research Organisation (NARO)
  3. Harmonizing the distribution of inputs by NAADs and OWC not KCCA as proposed.

As an organization reaching out to smallholder farmers we hope that these pertinent issues are addressed because they are hindering the full utilization and exploitation of the agriculture sector in Uganda as we draw closer to the deadline of Uganda achieving middle income status by 2020.