About Us

What is PELUM Association?

Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Association is a regional network of over 250 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;

Vision:

Communities in Uganda sustainably utilizing their natural resources

Mission:

To enhance the effectiveness of members in promoting ecological land use management among farming communities through capacity building, research and innovation, networking and advocacy.

Domains of Change

1. Programmes and Services Objective: PELUM Uganda with programmes and services that strengthen members’ capacities to build resilience of farming communities in the period 2017-2021. The underlying hypothesis of this domain of change states that, “If the PELUM Uganda programmes and services to its members are effective, the members will be empowered to become better in delivering on their mandates”. This domain of change has the following Key Strategies;
  • Promoting sustainable farming systems i.e. seed security, climate resilience, agro-ecology, indigenous knowledge on food and agriculture.
  • Promoting agriculture market development i.e. agricultural financing, value chain development, quality and standards.
  • Influencing policies on agriculture i.e. policy research, advocacy engagements

2. Partnerships and working relations

Objective: PELUM Uganda with relevant and effective working partnerships and relations in the period 2017-2021. The underlying hypothesis for this domain of change states that, “If inter and intra partnerships that PELUM Uganda establishes are more strategic, they will follow a framework that is functional which will result into better working relationships and when effectively managed this will increase unified support to farming communities”. This entails having enhanced engagements with relevant and diverse stakeholders for strong and effective collaborations and networking. This domain of change has the following Key Strategies;
  • Developing an elaborate and functional partnership framework.
  • Ensuring competencies for effective partnership management.
  • Encouraging, promoting and strengthening the partnership programme.

3. Organisational Functioning

Objective: PELUM Uganda functioning efficiently and effectively as an organisation in the period 2017-2021 The underlying hypothesis for this domain of change is that, “Stronger governance of organisation(s) is essential for effective organizational performance. This is achieved by emphasizing strong competencies among the membership, Country Board, management team and staff which in turn translates into fully functional organizational structures, systems and equipment and thus trigger stronger growth in members and a clearer understanding of PELUM Uganda and what it stands for. This domain of change has the following Key Strategies;
  • Ensuring a strong membership (governance, financial sustainability, M&E, etc).
  • Ensuring an effective and functioning Country Board and management.
  • Ensuring adequate, relevant and functional systems (Knowledge management, ICT, etc)
  • Ensuring adequate equipment and physical resources
  • Ensuring adequate, competent and well-motivated staff

4. Financing

Objective: PELUM-Uganda with adequate financing for planned undertakings in the period 2017-2021. The underlying hypothesis of this domain of change states that, “If PELUM Uganda sets up an institutionalized financing strategy and if it is able to acquire stronger competencies in financing and financial management, this will result into increased and sustained funding for its work from diversified sources”. This domain of change has the following Key Strategies;
  • Developing and operationalising a financing strategy.
  • Developing and enhancing competencies in financing
  • Ensure a diversified funding base
You can download the Strategic Plan (2017-2021)  or read the PELUM Uganda Brochure or The PELUM Uganda Case Statement for more details