Advocacy

Objective

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

Priorities

1. 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.

PELUM has been at the forefront  of advocacy for pro-poor policies such as the seed policy & strategy, land policy, plant variety and protection act, Uganda Strategic Investment Framework for Sustainable Land Management, climate change policy and strategy, national corporative policy, national biotechnology and bio safety bill and  has participated in the development of the national plan such as the development of the agricultural Development Strategy and the Comprehensive Agricultural Africa Development Plan compact.Regionally, PELUM has been engaged in advocacy for trade related issues such as liberalization of trade at the East African Community level and produced popular versions and synopses of the East African Common Market protocol and the East African Rural Agriculture Development Strategy.

2. 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.

Our major emphasis in engagements has been on the National budget, DSIP II, the Seed Policy, the Land Policy and the Bio-safety and Bio-technology bill. Member organisations have continuously been supported to participate in these processes.

Agriculture financing

in partnership with Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG), PELUM Uganda supports member organisations across the country to participate in budget dialogues at the national and regional levels. Here, members deliberate on the kind of budget they want, listen-in to the budget reading and discuss ways on how the allocated resources can adequately be used to benefit the small holder farmers.

Additionally, together with other organisations in the Agriculture Working Group under CSBAG, PELUM member organisations within the Advocacy Thematic Committee continue to engage the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development on  budget allocations. This is a report on one of the listening-in dialogues conducted in 2015

Member organisations in the Eastern, Central and Western regions were trained on budget advocacy. This training was aimed at ensuring that member organizations effectively engage in policy development and review processes as well as monitor the effective implementation of the national budgets for the good of the small holder farmers. The members were also taken through the Public Finance Management Act 2015 to inform their advocacy.

Land rights

In relation to land, member organisations have been equipped with knowledge on land rights in the Eastern, Western, Northern and Central regions. The trainings were aimed at creating members’ awareness on the National Land Policy and its implications on agricultural production and productivity; and identify and address the existing salient land tenure security issues within the targeted region (download the land rights training report and success story).

In addition, member organisations have been supported to participate in activities on land rights by other organization for their knowledge on land rights to be enhanced.

3. Partnerships and alliances: Promoting strategic partnerships and with like- minded organizations, policy makers and media to pursue advocacy issues affecting smallholder farmers.

Currently, PELUM Uganda has a wide network with members and affiliate farmers spread in 80 districts of Uganda vast in different areas of expertise.

There is existing working relationship with direct ministries including the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD).

PELUM is currently in partnership with PASIC currently hosted at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Other networks that PELUM works closely with included: Uganda Land Alliance (ULA), Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE), Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) where PELUM Chairs the Agriculture working Group, Food Rights Alliance (FRA), Agri Pro Focus (APF) where PELUM chairs the Agri Pro Focus Policy Group, media houses (New vision, the daily monitor, Bukedde TV, Record TV, Top TV UBC, WBS to mention but a few).

In this year 2015, we have initiated a partnership with Land Equity Movement of Uganda (LEMU), Uganda Media Development Foundation (UMDF) and East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project

MOs participation in other networks

Some of PELUM members are participating and part of government sector working groups that relate to agriculture for example EADEN is part of the NAADS procurement committee and Caritas Kabale is on district budget monitoring committee.