The Reason WE ARE: The PELUM Uganda Case Statement

Agriculture is the backbone of many economies in Africa and Uganda is no exception. The sector is dominated by small scale farmers, who form majority of the rural poor in the country. These farmers are faced with low production and productivity, low incomes and an unfavorable policy environment. This situation is aggravated by the uncoordinated efforts of CSOs in agriculture, which undermines effectiveness of the sector in addressing rural poverty. Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Uganda is part of the PELUM Association; a regional network of over 230 civil society organizations in 10 countries in East, Central and Southern Africa. Since 1995, PELUM Uganda has grown to a 52 member strong network of like-minded agricultural NGOs operating in 80 districts of Uganda, and reaching over 2,815,264 smallholder farmers, 65% of whom are women. We promote agricultural systems that address food security, incomes, environmental sustainability, and operating in an enabling policy environment. We do this through working with our membership to facilitate learning, experience sharing, developing replicable agricultural models and approaches, as well as collective advocacy. We also uniquely reach the regional, national and local levels with our interventions With support and collaboration of like-minded partners, we anticipate reaching more farmers with sustainable solutions to agriculture and rural development in Uganda and beyond. Please join us as we network for a greener Africa.


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