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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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 

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…..

06/2017. Together we can protect our Land

BY MARILYN KABALERE, Advocacy Officer

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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

http://pelumuganda.org/download/2017-land-awareness-week-asks/#

How to engage in the National and Local Budget processes of Uganda

By Doreen Nanyonga. PELUM Uganda.

As you may well be aware, the Uganda National Budget process is already underway and your participation is needed.

Here is a guide on how you can engage in the National and Local Government budget processes. These posters give details on where and how you can be involved. The English language poster has been translated into 9 other languages – Luganda, Acholi, Ateso, Alur, Lugbarati, Lumasaaba, Runyoro-Rutooro and Lusoga and Runyakore-Rukiga (not yet uploaded). These can be download from the PELUM Uganda website

PS. A big thank you to all those who participated in the pre-budget dialogue that was held on 24th January 2017. Our (CSOs) position paper with recommendations for funding for FY2017/18 was shared with the Agriculture committee and we are glad that some of our proposals were welcomed by MPs.

The budget process continues and more updates and engagements will be shared with you.

 

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12/2016. New videos on farmer innovations


We recently had an opportunity to learn about Participatory Video capturing supported by A Growing Culture,  facilitated by Insight share and hosted by Kikanda Environmental Association (KEA).

A key output from the training was development of 5 videos on Farmer innovations. These videos are now available for view. Follow the links below to access them.

Enjoy and Learn!

Beekeeping: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr0w9G0FdB8

Seed keeper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffkiINAmzws

Flying Ants: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a-iVk36AzI

Amaranth seeds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqZAnsovOTQ

Healthy Pigs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUSQFk8RlYk

08/2016. The Jinja Agricultural show: Uncovering demand for indigenous & organic foods

By ERICK KIZITO, Programme Assistant-Virtual Livelihood School Africa (Uganda) and Sustainable Farming Systems Programme
Posted August 2016

Over the past 20 years,   PELUM Uganda has promoted sustainable land management practices among its member organization as a way of combatting land degradation and mitigating climate change effects while supporting sustainable human livelihoods. The network recognizes sustainable land management practices as key to enabling farmers and communities to adapt, as well as become more resilient to climate change by increasing food production, conserving soil and water, enhancing food security and restoring productive natural resources.

It’s in this regard that PELUM Uganda supported three of its Member Organizations (AFIRD, EADEN and The Hunger Project) to participate in the 24th Source of the Nile Agricultural Trade Show that was held from 11th -17th July 2016 in Jinja district. The trade show was organized under the theme “Promoting sustainable agricultural land management for agricultural transformation and wealth creation”. It brought together different stakeholders in the agricultural sector to share experiences, learn from each other, exploit market opportunities and showcase latest research, innovations and sustainable land management practices.

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Land management practices exhibited

  • Soil fertility management crops.
  • Urban farming practices.
  • Community based seed conservation practices.
  • Diverse indigenous food crops in relation to their relevance in biodiversity conservation.

Demand:   The demand for indigenous foods was exceptionally high. Farmers  ran out of supply amidst demand from show goers. “I cant believe people have bought all our food and fruits and there is still demand for more,”  said Mukasa Balamu, a farmer affiliated to EADEN.

Farmers made business deals with exporters of indigenous fruits and foods.

On the downside, there were limited quantities of indigenous food that couldn’t satisfy the demand. There is need for farmers to ensure continuous supply of indigenous foods and fruits in large quantities if the business deals with exporters are to materialize.

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