About Us

What is PELUM Association?

Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Association is a regional network of over 220 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;


Empowered communities sustainably utilizing their natural resources


We are a network of organisations promoting ecological land use management through capacity building, research and advocacy for improved community livelihoods.

Programmes and Objectives

1. Agricultural Market Development

Objective: To promote smallholder farmers’ access to favorable agricultural markets for improved incomes.

This programme has the following priorities;
Agricultural credit: Promoting access to agricultural credit services for smallholder farmers to facilitate agribusiness
Market information: Promoting smallholder farmers’ access to market information to enable them make informed market decisions and access profitable markets for their produce.
Value addition and market linkages: Promoting postharvest handling, value addition and marketing of agricultural products among smallholder farmers to enable them to access profitable markets
Marketing models: Promoting small scale farmer friendly and gender sensitive marketing models and value chain development approaches.

2. Sustainable farming systems

Objective: To promote sustainable farming systems among smallholder farmers for enhanced agricultural productivity.

This programme has the following priorities;
Seed security: Promotion of sustainable seed systems for increased food security. It includes seed management, saving, multiplication and use among smallholder farmers.
Climate change adaptation: Promotion of farming systems and practices that are adaptive to climate change and variability.
Ecological land Use: Promotion of ecological land use practices that guarantee biodiversity conservation and well as production and productivity both for now and future generations. These include; organic farming, conservation agriculture, permaculture and grow -bio-intensive agriculture among others.
Indigenous knowledge systems: promoting the role of indigenous knowledge on food and agriculture as well as local farmer innovations in agriculture.

3. Advocacy

Objective: To promote effective participation of member organizations in policy processes on issues that affect agricultural production and market access.

This programme has the following priorities;
Policy research: Promoting research and dissemination of policies for advocacy on issues affecting smallholder farmers including agriculture financing, land rights, trade, GMOs, sustainable agriculture, climate change and market access.
Policy engagements: Promoting policy engagements, dialogues and debates on issues affecting smallholder farmers, as well as creating platforms at local, national and regional levels for smallholder farmers to voice their concerns.
Partnerships and alliances: Promoting strategic partnerships and with like- minded organizations, policy makers and media to pursue advocacy issues affecting smallholder farmers.

4. Organizational and institutional development

Objective: To strengthen the institutional capacity of PELUM Uganda to effectively implement her programmes.

This programme has the following priorities;
M&E and knowledge management: Facilitate participatory monitoring and evaluation systems at all levels of PELUM to track, document and disseminate progress and impact, document best practices and inform programme and management decisions.
Governance and management systems: Facilitate proper functioning of the governance and management systems to effectively guide PELUM’s implementation of her programmes. This would also include development and implementation of appropriate work place policies e.g on gender and HIV/AIDS.
Finance, human and capital resources: Facilitate availability of competent personnel, equipment and financial resources to implement PELUM’s programmes.

You can download the Strategic Plan (2012-2016)  or read The PELUM Uganda Case Statement for more details