Sustainable Farming Systems

Objective

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

Priorities

    1. Seed security:Promotion of sustainable seed systems for increased food security.

      Since 2012, PELUM Uganda has implemented several activities aimed at building the technical capacityDSC08592  of member organisations to promote seed security among smallholder farmers. Activities include learning visits, trainings as well as documentation and sharing of best practices promoted by member organisations.

      In 2014, PELUM Uganda developed the Community Managed Seed Security (CMSS) model and has been piloted among 2 member organisations; Eastern Archdiocesan Development Network (EADEN) and Voluntary Action for Development (VAD) in Iganga and Wakiso districts respectively.

      The major objective of the community managed seed security model is to improve agricultural productivity and seed sovereignty of smallholder farmers through increased access to affordable good quality seeds of their choice from a trusted source and within a timely manner. For more details about the model click here

    2. Climate change adaptation:Promotion of farming systems and practices that are adaptive to climate change and variability.DSC08625

      PELUM has continued its engagements towards building community resilience to climate change mainly through member capacity building who in turn pass on the knowledge to affiliate farmers. PELUM Uganda has conducted practical trainings for members on climate change adaptation as well as documentation and sharing of sustainable agriculture practices that increase the adaptive capacity of farmers.

      In 2014, PELUM Uganda developed the Climate Smart Sustainable Agriculture (CSSA) model aimed at improving livelihoods of smallholder farmers through enhanced resilience of agricultural systems and meaningfully contribute to mitigation of climate change. The CSSA Model is a community centered approach for empowering communities to build household and agricultural systems resilience, contribute to climate change mitigation and sustainably increase agricultural production and productivity through systematically integrated, ecologically sound farming and complimentary off farm practices. Details are included the model concept note.

      The CSSA model is currently being piloted by 3 member organisations; International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) in Gulu district, War on Want Northern Ireland in Ngora District and Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO) in Nakapiripirit district. PELUM Uganda is in the process of developing the facilitators guide for the CSSA model to enable up scaling of the model to other members and communities.

    3. Ecological land Use:This result area aims at Promoting ecologically sound farming practices that guarantee biodiversity conservation as well as production and productivity both for now and the future generations. These include; organic farming, conservation agriculture, permaculture and bio-intensive agriculture among others.

      PELUM Uganda has implemented several activities aimed at building the technical capacity of members to ecological land use management practices such as bio intensive agriculture and urban farming.

      PELUM Uganda is also an implementing partner for the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative . The Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative (EOA-I) is a continental initiative that holds significant promise for increasing the productivity of Africa’s smallholder farmers, with consequent positive impacts on food security. The initiative has been implemented in Africa since 2012 and currently four (4) countries in Eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania) and four (4) in West Africa (Ben, Mali, Nigeria, Benin and Senegal) are implementing the initiative under different funding arrangements. PELUM Uganda is implementing the Networking and partnership pillar in Uganda.

    4. Indigenous knowledge systems:This result area aims at promoting the role of indigenous knowledge on food and agriculture systems as well as local farmer innovations in agriculture.

      Under this result area, PELUM Uganda has actively engaged in a campaign to revive the consumption
      DSC_9789 and utilization of indigenous foods in Uganda. In 2013, PELUM Uganda conducted a research on documentation and utilization of indigenous foods in Uganda. The publication and video documentary on indigenous foods were developed and widely disseminated.

      PELUM Uganda has also organised annual indigenous food fairs since 2008 aimed at raising public awareness on the social economic values of indigenous foods for increased conservation and utilization. Indigenous food fairs comprise of exhibitions of indigenous foods, seeds and value added products from all regions of Uganda, parallel sessions relevant to the annual theme and awarding of best exhibitors. This Year’s Indigenous food fair will be held on 23rd October 2015 at UMA conference hall and parking yard.