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2023

The call from small-scale farmers to domesticate the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP)

This Policy Insight presents how the Declaration which is now in force and can be effectively used to protect peasants’ rights and further recognition of collective rights including promoting agroecology.

2023

What does the Financial Year 2023/2024 budget offer to small-scale farmers and what more was expected?

This Policy Insight presents key highlights of the Resource Envelope for Financial Year 2023/2024 and Small-scale farmers’ priority areas for funding.

2023

Governments can make the 2014 Malabo Declaration work for Small-scale Farmers and Agroecology

This Policy Insight assesses the progress made towards achieving the Malabo Declaration and presents drastic actions need to be taken by governments to achieve the Malabo Declaration.

2023

SMALL-SCALE FARMERS PRESS STATEMENT: WHAT DOES THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2023/2024 BUDGET OFFER TO SMALL-SCALE FARMERS AND WHAT MORE WAS EXPECTED?

Small scale farmers met the media to highlighted what the Financial Year 2023/2024 Budget Offers to small-scale farming communities and also highlighted what more they expected.

2023

Press Statement By Small-Scale Farmers On Food Safety On The Commemoration Of The World Food Safety Day 2023.
Small scale farmers joined the rest of the world to observe the sixth World Food Safety Day (WFSD) under the theme "Food standards save lives".

2023

Transition and Invest in Agroecology for a Just Planet: A Statement on International Mother Earth Day 2023
On this International Mother Earth Day 2023, small scale farmers joined the rest of the World to commemorate and call for mobilization of all stakeholders to protect the earth. 

2023

Agroecology Can Restore Our Lost Forest Cover

The International Day of Forests is observed on March 21 each year to promote awareness of the need of preserving and safeguarding forest cover. Small-scale farmers joined the rest of the globe in observing this day under the banner of "Forests and Health" this year.

2023

Women who farm on a small-scale are pushing for a fairer deal. How can we remedy the gender disparities that exist in the agricultural sector?

The Policy Brief answers the questions "How can we remedy the gender disparities that exist in the agricultural sector?". It also shares What ESAFF Uganda has done to remedy the gender disparities that exist in the agricultural sector.

2022

Seed Stories: Making a Case For Farmer Managed Seed Systems (FMSS)
This publication shares experiences of growth especially from women and youths whose interest in seed work has increased overtime due to the different activities implemented under the Farmer Field schools.

2022

Amplifying Women Small-Scale Farmers’ Voices in Customary Land Systems Across The West Nile Region
This storybook examines how gender injustice and disparities in land access, ownership, and control particularly for women in the West Nile Region in Uganda are influenced by land governance and many other factors.

2022

The Exodus to Ecological Organic Agriculture: Small-Scale Farmers’ Stories

ESAFF Uganda documented stories on the use of this information among small scale farmers and assess the contribution of this information in transitioning to organic farming.

2022

Impact Report 2021
The 2021 Impact report highlights our policy influencing work at local and national levels in Uganda as well as our regional and global advocacy efforts. 

2022

Press Statement: Agroecology Conserves our Soils: Where food begins

The annual observance of World Soil Day on December 5 is intended to raise awareness of the value of good soil and to promote the sustainable management of soil resources. Small-scale farmers joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Soil Day 2021 under the theme: "Soils: where food begins". 

2022

RECIPE BOOK Preparation of Neglected and Underutilised Species.
This unique Recipe Book was developed by ESAFF Uganda to highlight the preparation of Neglected and Underutilized Species with the goal to increase the consumption of local food plants and contribute to improving nutrition.

2022

Study Report on Responsible Investments in Agriculture in Uganda
This report is a synthesis of Uganda’s potential and effectiveness in implementing and domesticating international frameworks on responsible investments. The key international frameworks assessed were VGGT, CFS-RAI, Agenda 2030, AfCFTA and CEDAW.

2022

Community Seed Banks. A practical Guide for Small-scale Farmers
ESAFF Uganda with support from Oxfam in Uganda and La via Campesina developed a practical community seed bank guide for small-scale farmers. This CSB Guide has been developed drawing from a wide range of participatory learning, where small-scale farmers actively engage, share experiences and learn together.

2022

Small-scale Framers’ Perspectives on the Implementation of the PDM
ESAFF Uganda conducted the Parish Development Model (PDM) study to track the programme’s implementation, especially the short-term impacts, the status of the implementation structures and small-scale farmers’ participation in the processes.

2022

The Investment Compliance Tool and Practical Guide Book 2.0 | Ateso Version

GIZ working closely with ESAFF Uganda in Mityana, Mubende and Kassanda districts among other partners developed the Investment Monitoring Compliance Tool.

2022

The Investment Compliance Tool and Practical Guide Book 2.0 | Luganda Version

GIZ working closely with ESAFF Uganda in Mityana, Mubende and Kassanda districts among other partners developed the Investment Monitoring Compliance Tool.

2022

The Investment Compliance Tool and Practical Guide Book 2.0 | English Version
GIZ working closely with ESAFF Uganda in Mityana, Mubende and Kassanda districts among other partners developed the Investment Monitoring Compliance Tool.

2022

The Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) User Guide for Small-scale Farmer Groups
ESAFF Uganda developed the Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) User Guide for Small-scale Farmer Groups. The Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) guide aims to increase appreciation for organic agriculture.

2022

Small scale farmers' Assessment of the Agro-Industrialisation Budget Allocation FY 2022/23

Small scale farmers assessed the budget allocations for agro-industrialization sub program FY2022/23. Small scale farmers believe that their participation in budget development processes can yield to ending hunger, poverty and inclusive development.

2022

Poster on Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism

ESAFF Uganda established pro-community structures for affected communities and local investors to access critical justice through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, particularly mediation.

2022

WORLD FOOD SAFETY DAY 2022: Food Safety is Our Responsibility

As part of the commemoration, small scale farmers called upon different stakeholders to increase support for safe and healthy food through research, extension, training, and increasing awareness so that foods produced and traded are safe for human consumption.

2022

Building Farmer Field School (FFS) Network in Uganda
This brief highlights the formation of the National Farmer Field School Network hosted by ESAFF Uganda. The National Farmer Field School Network is a network that brings together all the FFS actors.

2022

Letter to Consumers on World Health Day 2022

World Health Day, held on the 7th of April each year, is an annual day dedicated to promoting the benefits of good health and wellbeing worldwide. Small-scale farmers joined the rest of the world in commemorating the day and wrote a letter to consumers with a message on feeding on organic products for better health.

2022

Statement on International Women's Day 2022
This year, as we celebrate twenty (20) years of ESAFF, we join the world to celebrate International Women's Day under the theme "Gender equality for a sustainable tomorrow"

2021

SMALL SCALE FARMERS' STATEMENT FOR THE WORLD PULSES DAY: Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB) Playing a Key Role in Promoting and Preserving Pulses
World Pulses Day is commemorated annually on 10th February to celebrate and raise awareness on the contribution of pulses to sustainable food systems, healthy growth, and biodiversity conservation.

2021

The Kilimomart Application is Contributing to The Achievement of SDGS In The Region.

This publication highlights the contribution of KilimoMart to Sustainable Development Goals, the achievements of the KilimoMart Application in communities have contributed in achieving some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

2021

Understanding Responsible Agriculture Investments (RAI)

ESAFF Uganda believes that Responsible Agriculture Investments (RAI) yields food security and Nutrition. The poster indicates the 10 principles of the CFS-RAI guidelines- adopted from the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT).

2021

Community Seed Banks (CSBs): A Groundbreaking Opportunity to Realize Small-Scale Farmers’ Seed Rights
Community seed banks are greatly contributing towards the realization of and promotion of small-scale farmers’ seed rights and sovereignty by ensuring that communities conserve and manage their genetic resources.

2021

From Breeding Objectives to Breeding (or Selection) Methods

The breeding objectives determine the type of breeding and selection work that will be done in the FFS, and which varieties will be used or requested from breeders or other sources. These include: Participatory Variety Enhancement (PVE), Participatory Variety Selection (PVS) and Participatory Variety Development (PVD).

2021

Illustrated Guide on The Diagnostic Stage of The Farmer Field School Approach in Participatory Plant Breeding

The diagnostic stage is crucial stage of the Farmer Field Schools where small scale farmers perform a collective diagnosis of their situation and the problems and challenges they encounter in growing their crops and varieties, identify the breeding objectives and activities of a Farmer Field School (FFS).

2021

Agroecology Can Achieve Climate Justice

ESAFF Uganda documented small-scale farmers’ voices on the impact of the changing climate to their communities and calls to their leaders on what should be done to mitigate the climate crisis. These were collected from different engagements like community meetings/events, dialogues and media engagements. 

2021

Guidelines For Organic Certification of Individuals, Farms and Businesses Producing Organic Agricultural Products

This publication highlights guidelines for certification of individual farms, exporters and businesses producing Organic Agricultural products

2021

Report for the 3rd Annual National Organic Week 2021
ESAFF Uganda organized the 3rd Annual National Organic Week (NOW) 2021 from 18th to 22nd October 2021 under the theme: "Go Organic, Its Only Natural".

2021

Small-scale Farmers’ Voices on the World Soil Day 2021

Small-scale farmers joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Soil Day 2021 under the theme: "Halt soil salinization, Boost soil productivity”. As part of the commemoration, ESAFF Uganda held interviews with four small-scale farmer leaders on how organic agriculture can heal the soil and boost productivity.

2021

PRESS RELEASE - GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE

On the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice, ESAFF Uganda joined other indigenous communities, trade unions, feminist movements to air a loud and clear voice to the world leaders discussing our future.

2021

Small-scale Farmers’ call to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) scheduled to be held in Scotland, United Kingdom, between 31 October and 12 November 2021.

This paper was endorsed by small-scale farmers representatives (leaders of ESAFF district chapters) from 30 districts under the ESAFF Uganda umbrella during a dialogue organized in Kampala, Uganda on 26th October 2021.

2021

Setting Up Organic Agriculture Demonstration Centers in Uganda
In a bid to motivate uptake and enhance adoption of Ecological Organic Agriculture technologies and practices, small-scale farmers shared their experience on setting up organic agriculture demonstration centers.

2021

PRESS STATEMENT: Agroecology is key in Combating Desertification and Drought

On 17th day of June 2021, ESAFF Uganda joined the rest of the world in commemorating the Desertification and Drought Day with the aim of “Combating drought and desertification and restoration of degraded land”.

2021

Communique on the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle

ESAFF Uganda held a Community Dialogue on 17th April 2021 in Apac Town Council in Apac district, northern Uganda. The Community Dialogue attended by men and women small-scale farmers was in commemoration of the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle.

2021

Press Release on the International Day of Peasants' Struggle
On this 17th April, ESAFF Uganda joined other members of La Via Campesina (LVC) from around the world in commemorating the International Day of Peasant Struggles.

2021

A Practical Manual For Small-Scale Farmers on Production of Organic Fertilizers and Pesticides

This publication has been developed to aid in increasing the uptake of Ecological Organic Agriculture practices among small scale farmers as it provides all inputs and requirements that the farmers need in making different kinds of organic pesticides and fertilizers.

2021

Women Voices on International Women's Day

To commemorate the 8th of March, with support from La Via Campesina, ESAFF Uganda organized women community dialogues were rural women came together to highlight the essential role of rural women, celebrate achievements, highlight the hindrances and discuss further actions for change.

2020

PRESS RELEASE: Agroecology equals healthy soil
On 5th day of December, ESAFF Uganda joined the entire world in commemorating the World Soil Day (WSD) to highlight how agroecology can improve soil health.

2020

Report for The 2nd National Organic Week (NOW) 2020
ESAFF Uganda organized its 2nd Annual National Organic Week from 12th to 16th October 2020 in 13 districts across the country.

2020

Communique for the 2nd Annual National Organic Week 2020
ESAFF Uganda together with partners organised the 2nd Annual National Organic Week 2020 that was launched on 12th October 2020 to increase consumer demand, confidence and appreciation for organically grown foods.

2020

FY 2020-2021 Agriculture Budget Analysis Report
Small scale farmers assessed the FY 2020/21 Agriculture Budget allocation with a belief that adequate and prudent financing for the sector will provide the much needed resources to build resilience.

2020

PRESS RELEASE World Hunger Day 2020
Released on 16th October 2020 which is the World Food Day which came at a time when its estimates that many households in Uganda will suffer from poverty. We then called it the World Hunger Day.

2020

PRESS RELEASE Annual National Organic Week 2020
This press release was red on the launch the Second Annual National Organic Week (NOW) 2020 which took place from 12th to 16th October 2020 in various parts of the country.

2020

National Organic Week 2019 Event Report
This is an Event Report for the National Organic Week 2019, which took place from 14th to 19th October 2019.

2020

The Scale-scale Farmers’ Manifesto 2021/26

Leading to the 2021 elections, ESAFF Uganda, while working with other partners engaged small-scale farmers across the country to share their crucial issue that they feel the next Government should focus on. We developed the Scale-scale Farmers’ Manifesto 2021/26.

2020

Procedure For Obtaining a Certificate of Customary Ownership (CCO)
ESAFF Uganda and  other land actors in close partnership with the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD) developed procedures for obtaining a Certificate of Customary Ownership (CCO)

2020

Examining Uganda’s Performance in the CAADP Biennial Review Report and Recommendations

This publication presents Uganda's Performance in the CAADP Biennial Review Report and Recommendations. It shows the overall progress for implementing the Malabo Declaration for Agriculture transformation in Africa. 

2020

Information for Campaign against Corona Virus in Farmer Field Schools (FFS)
This poster presents information for Campaign against Corona Virus in Farmer Field Schools (FFS). This informative poster contains guidelines that focus on reducing risks of COVID-19 community transmission when running FFS.

2020

Communique for the Agriculture Post Budget Dialogue 2020
Under the 2014 Malabo declaration, governments committed a 10% budget allocation to the Agriculture sector off the National budget. Read the communique by small-scale farmers on the funding of the agriculture sector.

2020

Celebrating World Food Safety Day 2020

The 7th June is the World Food Safety Day, and we celebrated it under the theme Food safety, everyone’s business. We joined the world today in amplifying the importance of food safety.

2020

Promoting Organic Agriculture in Uganda

Here is a publication on our work on promoting organic agriculture in Uganda. Small scale farmers have also aired out their voices on what they think should be done to promote Organic Agriculture in Uganda. 

2020

Impact Report 2019
The year 2019 was the first year of implementation of our new strategic plan which runs up to 2023. We continued to add small-scale farmers’ voices in policy processes.

2020

Report for the On-line Conference on the Impact of the COVID-19 to Small-scale Farming, Food Security and Sovereignty

This Report presents issues the discussions by participants during the on-line Conference on convened to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 to small-scale farming in the EAC. 

2020

Communique for the On-line Conference on the Impact of the COVID-19 to Small-scale Farming, Food Security and Sovereignty

This Communique presents issues the participants called on the EAC government to take action on during the on-line Conference on convened to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 to small-scale farming in the EAC. 

2019

Report for the Women in Agriculture (WiA) Conference 2019
ESAFF Uganda with support from Trust Africa organized the first Women in Agriculture (WiA) Conference 2019 to discuss avenues of supporting rural women in agriculture. 

2019

Agroecology and SDGs
Here is a short publication on how agroecology can contribute to the attainment of SDGs.

2019

Small-scale farmers’ proposals on the NDP III
Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) Uganda and Oxfam undertook an assessment of two draft NDPIII programmes in chapter 5 and 9. Find the key issues raised in this report.

2019

Assessing farmer-managed seed systems in Uganda
The bulk of farming in Uganda is still mainly done by smallholder farmers and it is clear from previous studies that Farmer Managed Seed Systems (FMSS) stands out. Read more in this report.

2019

Improving women farmers’ access to quality seeds in Uganda

Case study on how ESAFF Uganda used a community-led seed security model in one district of Northern Uganda to ensure that small scale farmers can access quality seed and have the power and right to save, use, exchange and sell seeds.

2019

Factsheet on Desert Locusts
Here is a short factsheet on the desert locusts that have invaded Uganda

2019

Agroecology can reduce the impact of climate change
Agriculture is the significant economic activity for over 68 per cent of the households in Uganda, most of whom are family farmers. Read how Agroecology can reduce the impact of climate change.

2019

Securing Women Land Rights Using The GALS In Land Rights Model
Land is one of the significant productive resources and remains one of the most contentious and essential aspects all over districts in Uganda today. Read how the GALS methodology can help secure women's land rights.

2019

A Communique developed during the small-scale farmers' agriculture budget dialogue.
On the 25th June 2019, 34 small scale farmers from 30 districts in Uganda convened in Kampala to discuss and analyse the budget allocated to the agriculture sector for FY2019/20

2019

Make Malabo Work

This short publication is a letter from small-scale farmers to EALA MPs in EAC and MPs in the Parliament of Uganda. This presentation was during the Agriculture Budget Enhancement Workshop held in Kampala in March 2019.

2019

2018 Impact Report
We present the 2018 Impact Report. This report highlights our policy influencing work at local and national levels in Uganda as well as our regional and global advocacy efforts. 

2018

POLICY BRIEF on Family Farmers Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change

ESAFF Uganda in partnership with LVC-SEAf and Africa Contact conducted a study in Mukono and Mubende districts on the effects of climate change on livelihoods of peasant communities. This policy brief builds on that study.

2018

Small-scale farmers petition to Heads of States on the 2014 Malabo Declaration
Small-scale farmers petition the EAC Heads of states demanding the EAC States Allocate 10% Budget of the budget to the Agriculture Sector. 

2018

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas
This publication is on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas that was adopted by the Human Rights Council.

2018

The 2014 AU Malabo Declaration and the EALA Zanzibar Resolution 2016
This publication presents the commitments of African Leaders in the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods as well as Resolution by EALA

2018

Popularising the Sustainable Development Goals
This short publication presents information from a document on the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted by world leaders in September 2015.

2018

STUDY BRIEF_Challenging Seed Industrialization in Uganda
This Study Brief is based on the ESAFF Uganda’s study on Assessing Farmer Managed Seed Systems (FMSS) in Uganda which represents the first attempt at comprehensively analyzing farmer managed seed systems.

2019

PRESS RELEASE International Day of Peasants struggles 2019
Today, April 17, is the International Day of Peasant Struggle, a day to celebrate the great work small scale farmers do towards food security. 

2018

UGANDA family farmers building resilience for adaptation to climate change

The field research of this study was carried out in Mubende and Mukono districts in the Central Region of Uganda on family farmers building resilience for adaptation to climate change. 

2018

EAC Smallholder farmers proposed 5 key investment areas that would transform farmers livelihood and lead to greater economic growth
Smallholder agriculture continues to play a key role in the agriculture which is a priority policy objective of the East African Community (EAC) since its establishment.

2018

EMPOWERING WOMEN AND GIRLS FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Women in Uganda comprise more than 70 percent of the agriculture labor force with a major contribution to national GDP estimated at 22% yet the resultant profits are hardly aggregated. Here are some of our actions.

2018

ESAFF Uganda Annual Report 2017

The year 2017 has been a remarkable year for ESAFF Uganda as an organization as we celebrate our 15th year since our establishment and therefore this annual report covers the progress made so far.

2016

Report for 2nd EAC Agriculture Budget Summit 2016

The summit had presentations on the country progress on the implementation of the Malabo Declaration (Progress, challenges, lessons learnt and recommendations). 

2015

Why Government should preserve Indigenous Climate Change Adaptation Practices by Small Scale Farmers in Uganda

Perspectives on integration of indigenous knowledge in climate forecasts works well as it helps farmers to adapt to climate change and its variability as indigenous knowledge is put into practice.

2015

Enhancing indigenous practices in climate change adaptation among small scale farmers

This study on Indigenous Practices to Climate Change adaptation by SSFs in Mubende and Soroti districts assesses the different indigenous practices small scale farmers use to adapt to the changing climate.

2015

Budget allocation and Performance Tracking at Local Government Report Case Study of Mayuge and Kabale districts

This report synthesizes findings from a study aimed at reviewing Government expenditures in Mayuge and Kabale districts under the Agriculture sector and other related sectors.

2015

ESAFF Uganda's Annual Report 2014/15

2014/15 has been an incredible year for ESAFF Uganda as an organization therefore this Annual Report aims at giving a brief insight of different activities that have been implemented.

2014

Understanding Food sovereignty and Family Farming

Understand how food sovereignty gives the right of every nation to keep and develop its own capacity to produce food, vital for food security at community and national level.

2014

ESAFF PETS ACTIVITIES IN A NUTSHELL

In the interest of assisting Small-Scale Farmers to prepare and conduct PETS in their areas/country, this brochure simply outline key steps to be taken by Small Scale Farmers when conducting PETS.

2014

Public Agriculture Expenditure Analysis in Africa: A Case of Uganda

Agriculture is commonly understood to be associated with the production of crops, fisheries and livestock. This study is on Public Agriculture Expenditure in Africa focusing on the Case of Uganda

2014

Basic CAADP Information for small-scale farmers

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) was endorsed at the African Union Heads of State Summit as a New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) program in July 2003 and focuses on improving and promoting agriculture across Africa.

2014

Summary of the Malabo Declaration 2014
Made by the African Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) at the Twenty Third (XXIII) Ordinary Session of the AU assembly meeting from 26-27th in June 2014

2014

Agricultural and Food Security Policies and Small Scale Farmers in the East African Community
The study Agricultural and Food Security policies and small-scale farmers in the East African Community was conducted by Gret as part of INVOLVE project conducted by ESAFF.

2014

The Small-scale Farmers Perspective on 2014 Malabo Commitments
Small-scale farmers share perspectives regarding the 2014 Malabo declaration on accelerated agricultural growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods.

2014

2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) Flyer

The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) raised the profile of family farming and smallholder farming.

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