PELUM Uganda launches five-year strategic plan
Enable PELUM Uganda to focus on a new direction for the network, particularly in deepening interventions on agroecology by promoting sustainable management of natural resources, linking farming communities to agroecological markets and improving governance of natural resources.
PELUM Uganda National Coordinator Josephine Akia Luyimbazi told reporters that since its inception, PELUM Uganda has reached over 3,000,000 smallholder farmers.
“We are a network of actors in the promotion of agroecology that promotes among small farmers. We want farming communities to have sustainable agricultural production in an innovative agroecological value chain to produce safer and more food,” Akia noted.
A representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Dr. Charles Owach, who read a speech on behalf of the country representative, Mr. Querido Antonio Luis Ferreira, congratulated PELUm Uganda for the partnership and is committed to continuing to work with PELUM to ensure that smallholder farmers adopt sustainable agricultural production which, in turn, will safeguard against food insecurity.
“Congratulations on your new plan. It is sad to see that 9% of the world’s population lives in extreme poverty and that 690 million people are undernourished. It is good to know that there is a consensus that that everyone is committed to adopting agroecological agriculture,” said Antonio.
Antonia noted that it is good news that there is a consensus between leaders and farmers that everyone has the desire to encourage agroecological farming and the need to promote it.
Akia said the strategic plan has been developed from the experiences, lessons learned and most importantly, requests from the people PELUM Uganda serves through its member network, to ensure that interventions and commitments remain relevant through new and emerging development trends for the next five-year period. The strategic plan has been aligned with the aspirations of the Third National Development Plan (NDPIII), Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure its relevance.
PELUM Uganda is supported by German cooperation, GIZ in cooperation with Bio Vision Africa Trust and the PELUM association among others.
The strategic plan
Akia explained that PELUm Uganda’s strategic plan, which focuses on “maintaining our agro-ecosystems for sustainable livelihoods and profitable incomes for generations”, aims to improve livelihoods and the resilience capacity of farming communities in Uganda.
“Driven by the core values of accountability and transparency, professionalism and innovation; this strategy will contribute to achieving PELUm Uganda’s vision of self-reliant and resilient smallholder farming communities using their natural resources sustainably,” she added.
Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Uganda is part of the PELUM Association, a regional network of over 280 civil society organizations in 12 countries in East, Central and Southern Africa working in the field participatory ecological management of land use. The Association works to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and the sustainability of farming communities, by promoting ecological land use management. National chapters include Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland and Ethiopia.
PELUM Uganda was formed in 1995, as a network of like-minded civil society organizations working to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and the sustainability of rural communities by promoting ecological land use management. lands. Since then, the network has grown in number and influence to currently reach 66 member organizations operating in 122 districts in Uganda and reaching approximately three million (3,000,000) smallholder farmers.