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About ESAFF - Uganda
 

The Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF- Uganda) is an organization of small-scale farmer groups and organizations working together to empower and to improve the livelihoods of small-scale farmers in Uganda.

ESAFF Uganda is an affiliate of the regional body founded by small-scale farmers from eastern and southern Africa – ESAFF which include countries of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique.

ESAFF was formed as a result of the Small Farmers’ Convergence (SFC) alongside the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

ESAFF Uganda is supported by its members and other development partners like Vredeseilanden Coopibo (VECO) Uganda, a Belgian Development Organization; OXFAM GB and OXFAM NOVIB .

   
 

Vision of ESAFF Uganda
Empowered Small Scale Farmers leading improved livelihoods

Mission of ESAFF Uganda
To promote and nurture the participation of SSFs in creating an environment that is responsive to their needs.

Values and Principles
» Equity: promoting fairness in land rights of vulnerable people.
» Transparency: being open, practicing what ESAFF members say, accountable and truthful.
» Voluntarism: being ready and willing to do something or work at any time called upon without expectation of personal gain.

 


Strategic Objectives

a. To build the capacity of SSFs to advocate for an environment that is responsive to their needs.
b. Empowering the SSF with knowledge and techniques of influencing decision affecting their rights
c. Strengthening ESSAFF –Uganda as an Advocacy Movement

Strategic Approach
» Research
» Advocacy
» Training
» Net working

About Us

Leadership and Contacts

ESAFF Uganda has its Board which is led by the chairperson Mr. Hakim Baliraine from Mayuge District. The vice chairperson is Ms. Beatrice Twayaga from Kabale District and the treasurer is Harriet Mulumba of Mityana.

Other members are Beatrice Katsigazi of Mubende District, Richard Katalya from Kamuli, Irene Nakijoba of Mukono District and Rose Nankya from Masaka District.

   
List of ESAFF Board Members and their functions

NAME

POSITION

District

Contact

Email

  1. Hakim Baliraine

Chairperson

Mayuge

+256752643110

Hakimbaliraine@yahoo.co.uk

  1. Beatrice Twayaga

Vice chairperson

Kabale

+256772340903

 

  1. Beatrice Katsigazi

Publicity and mobilization Secretary

Mubende

+256772931323

 

  1. Harriet Mulumba

Treasurer

Mityana

+256752848502

 

  1. Richard Katalya

Committee Member

Kamuli

+256772686382

 

  1. Irene Nakijoba

Committee Member

Mukono

+256782586620

 

  1. Rose Nankya

Committee Member

Masaka

+256752520339

 

E- mail to ESAFF Uganda  esaffuganda@yahoo.com or esaffuganda@esaff.org

ESAFF Uganda Coordinator
Nancy Mugimba Email -  nancymugimba@yahoo.co.uk

Membership

ESAFF Uganda is made of more than seventy (70) farmer groups scattered throughout the country of Uganda. These are both men and women

DISTRICT

FARMER GROUPS

MALE

FEMALE

TOTAL

MITYANA

 

 

St. Josephs Group

8

4

12

Mbaliga integrated fruit farmers

3

8

11

Agali Awamu Community Initiatives (AAIC)

17

3

20

Asigala Talaama Develoment Group

6

3

9

Alinyikira Womens Group

0

17

17

Butega agali awamu farmers group

14

4

18

abasa Ekimu saving and Credit Scheme

3

8

11

Kasaakye Women's group

0

10

10

 

JINJA

 

 

 

 

 

Ndigakweya Womens' group

0

22

22

Busimbi-Kasimbi Communit Initiatives

5

7

12

 

 

 

 

MASAKA

 

 

Kigasa akiraba Farmer's group

7

9

16

Bwoterwanaka Farmer's group

6

12

18

Basena Intergrated Organic Farmer's group

8

1

9

Kamukama Farmers' group

8

12

20

BUGIRI

 

Kitondha Intergrated Farmers' Organisation (KIFO)

20

20

40

Bumoli Step by Step Farmers' Association (BUSSFA)

29

1

30

Mahono Madidi Farmers' Association

6

26

32

 

 

 

 

MUBENDE

 

 

 

 

 

Twekembe Womens' group

0

40

40

Mijjunwa Integrated Farmers' Group

9

0

9

Ksambya Mixed Farmers' group

31

10

41

Mubende Sustainable Organic Farmers Forum (MUSOFFO)

7

3

10

Kirome Parents Farmers' Association

10

6

16

MWAPA

0

29

29

Kawumulwa East Farmers' Group

28

12

30

Kibalinga Bageza Coffee and Fruit Farmers' Association

27

20

47

Ssemuto Atawoola Tabanja Farmers' group (SATFA)

24

22

46

Zibula Atudde Womens' Group

 

 

45

Ssemuto Mixed Farmers' Association

 

 

29

 

 

 

 

KAMULI

 

 

 

Nabwigulu Tulituuka Farmers' Association (NATUFA)

12

3

15

Bidampola Task Task force for Rural Development Association

11

19

30

Akuma Ekibono Farmers' group

4

8

12

Kamuli District Extension Link Farmers' association

 

 

 

Inter Rural Link Farmers and Health Activist Association

14

18

32

Akubobona Busanda Group A Farmers

16

33

49

Kyozira Farmers' Group

17

26

43

 

 

 

 

IGANGA

 

 

 

Namakakale Ndimugezi Nomukobere Vanilla Farmers Association

 

 

62

Lwanika Mukisa Mpewo Farmers' Association

 

 

86

Gemakumwino Peasant Group

21

7

28

Balyegomba Farmers' Group Butondolo

9

13

22

Masaba Twegate Literacy Class

7

21

25

Kiringo Kyozira Busalamu Farmers' group

13

23

36

 

 

 

 

MBALE

 

 

 

 

Elgon Community Environment Sustainable Agriculture (ECASA)

14

18

22

Wekobosa Womens' Group

0

25

25

Nangabo Farmers' Group

17

18

25

Sitobo FAL Group

13

9

22

Butego Integrated Development

12

8

20

Namulunyi Community Farmers' Association

19

21

30

Nakitsalala Women Group

8

17

25

NAAFA Community Farmers association

13

12

25

MAYUGE

 

 

Sustainable development agency

46

106

152

Baitambogwe Rural Framers Integrated Dev't Association

41

60

101

Hope Women's Group

4

16

20

FITCA-ICIDA

14

36

50

Bidhampola Community Development Association

19

12

31

Sustainable Integrated development trainers' association

31

13

44

KABALE

 

 

Twena Tuhinge Group

10

6

16

FAL  instructors association

11

29

40

Kamuganguzi S/C group

12

21

33

Bubare Agroforestry Farmers Association.

11

9

20

Women in Small Enterprise

0

42

42

Muyumbu Bakyara Tweheyo kukora

2

19

21

KISORO

 

 

Banana,Vegetable &Irish Growers

9

10

19

Nyamiyaga Irish&Fruit Growers

8

14

22

Buhozi Banana&Passion Fruit Growers Association

10

13

23

Gitovu Banana&Vegetable Farmers' Association

16

9

25

Irish Potato Growers Association

15

4

19

MUKONO

 

Batwezimbe Womens' Group

6

9

15

Agali Awamu Katosi Development Association

17

13

30

Muwumuza Women's Group

0

25

25

Bakyala Twezimbe

2

14

16

 

 

 

Katosi Women's Fishing& Devt Association

0

30

30

Ntanzi Farmer's Group

11

5

16

Bulonda Women's group

3

19

22

Twewadeyo Farmers Group

1

9

10

Tusitukire Wamu Farmers' Group

0

20

20

Irish Potato Growers Association

9

11

20

TOTAL

 

804

1182

2165

Farming in Uganda

  • Problems faced by farmers in Uganda.
  • The farmers in Uganda depend on rain fed agriculture hence are affected by changes in climate among many others.
  1. Educating small scale farmersAccess to markets is still a challenge. This is because export markets require certification which is so far expensive.
  2. Limited access to credit facilities hence limited investment in modern agriculture.
  3. Climate change and its effects. The farmers are confused by the changes in the seasons and weather patterns.
  4. Poor infrastructure for example roads which make transportation of produce to local markets expensive for the farmers.
  5. Fluctuating fuel prices bring about increase in prices of farm inputs.
  6. Lack of post harvest handling techniques.
  7. Land wrangles and insecurities resulting from land wrangles.
  8. Rural-urban migration leading to loss of potential youth labour.
  9. Infiltration of genetically modified seeds threatening the existence of indigenous seeds.
  10. Poor rain water harvesting techniques and technologies.

 

Advocacy activitiesFarming life a family in Uganda
Community Action Planning (CAPS) as vehicle for advocacy and lobbying.
The East and Southern Africa Small scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF Uganda) is a farmer-led movement formed to facilitate processes through which smallholder farmers’ development concerns could be solicited, articulated and ultimately addressed through local and national policies and programmes. ESAFF works to enhance processes through capacity building, exchange of information, research and documentation. It is envisaged that with consistent support to and influence the development of a favorable environment for Small Scale Farmers will be created.

Community Action Planning (CAPS) is a strategy started by ESAFF Uganda based on the fact that the government endorsed the decentralization policy with the aim of empowering grass root people to make decisions. The program started March 2008 in Mubende district with the aim of promoting participatory planning and budgeting. It involves members of the community identifying their problems and providing solutions to these problems.

As facilitators, we organized a training of trainer for the CAPs during which the community members would identify community problems, rank them and also identify solutions to the prioritized problem. Action planning was drawn and the community (trainers) took responsibility to make efforts towards the desired changes. It is at this point that the community member also identified the leaders and policy makers responsible and necessary for the changes they most wanted. They learnt that they had to take action in attending village meetings and budget conferences as to effect policy changes to their preferences.

Trained trainers therefore started to train farmer groups what they had learnt after which CAPs were formulate and presented from the village to sub county level.

Challenges

􀂾 Communities are used to receiving “handouts”, so they came with big expectations which were not met.

􀂾 Lack of transparency among local leaders to mobilize the communities not realizing that they would select participants they know.

􀂾 Introducing and explaining all the CAPS tools to the local communities was difficult, we had to go through the tools several times.

Lessons Learnt

1. Community Action Planning (CAPS) create ownership for the sustainability of the project.
2. Farmers are capable of speaking from themselves given the right information.
3. It is possible to bridge the gap between leaders and farmers.
4. It was also noted that involving communities in the development of the project stimulates the communities into realizing problems that they had ignored before.

 

Development Partners
In order for ESAFF Uganda to carry on its activities it depend on resources from various sources. These sources include membership fees and volunteerism from members to carry out activities of ESAFF Uganda. Other sources are development partners mainly VECO Uganda, Oxfam GB and Oxfam Novib.

Partner

Year

What they funded

Outcome

OXFAM GB

January-December 2008

Participatory Budgeting In Local Governments in Uganda:
Empowerment Of Small Scale Farmers To Actively Demand For Better Services And Policies Leading To Improved Livelihoods In Mubende District

-Farmers trained in community action planning.
-Community Action Planning Manual developed for use in other districts.
-Community action plans developed as lobby tools.
-Improved linkages between farmers and their local leaders.
-Increased participation of farmers in local governance issues like attending village, parish and sub county meetings.
-Cooperation agreements between local governments and the farmers were signed.
-Radio programs to sensitize the farmers about their rights and responsibilities to participate in the budgeting process and any other activities that affect their lives directly.

OXFAM NOVIB

February 2009

Farmer led documentation in advocacy

30 farmer leaders trained in documenting advocacy progress.

VECO-Uganda
(Vredeseilanden Coopibo)

May 2007

Institutional development (ESAFF Uganda review meeting)

-Constitution, Articles and Memorandum of Association finalized and signed by farmers.
-Training of farmers on national policies.
-Developing and printing publications on the Budget cycle and Economic Partnership agreements(2008)

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