PELUM Uganda’s 2022/26 Strategic Plan to Improve Livelihoods & Resilience Capacity of Farming Communities

The Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Uganda this week launched the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan which focuses mainly on Agro-Ecosystems for Sustainable Livelihoods and Profitable Income for Generations with a goal to enhance improved livelihoods and resilience capacity of farming communities in Uganda.

The plan will be driven by the core values of accountability and transparency, professionalism, and innovation.
Christopher Kyeswa, Chairman, Board, PELUM, said the strategic plan will contribute to the achievement of PELUM Uganda’s vision of Empowered and Resilient smallholder farming Communities Sustainably utilizing their natural resources.

The plan, he further said, was developed from experiences, lessons learned, and demands of the people PELUM Uganda serves through the network of her members.

“To ensure that interventions and engagements of PELUM remain relevant to the new and emerging trends in development for the next five-year period, the strategic plan was developed through a consultative process and experience and lessons learned from the previous period,” he said.

He added that the Strategic Plan has been aligned with the aspirations of the third National Development Plan (NDPIII), Uganda’s vision 2040, and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to ensure its relevance.

The new plan will enable PELUM to deepen action on agroecology through linking farming communities including producers and consumers to Agroecological markets and improving governance of natural resources.

Officiating at the launch at Hotel Africana on Thursday, Dr. Owach Charles who represented Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Country Director Dr Antonio Coredo, said that there is need to intensify crop production through agro culture systems that will confront future and current challenges.

Dr. Owach said practices like agroecology should be promoted as a modern farming method.

“Transform food and agriculture system into holistic and long term solutions through women, youth and indigenous people, to enhance and deliver contextual solutions to local people,” he said, noting that the major reason why over 90% of crop varieties have disappeared is because of unsustainable production.

Speaking at the launch, Francis Nsanga, Lead, Implementation with Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture in Eastern Africa (KHEA), said that while working with PELUM as an implementing partner in Uganda, KHEA, during the implementation of the strategic plan, is going intensify the collection of organic knowledge and avail it to farmers through available knowledge hubs and a new one to be commissioned.

“We shall intensify the collection and assembling of knowledge on organic agriculture and avail it to farmers through available and a new hub to help farmers improve their capacity,” he said.

Speaking at the launch, Joshua Aijuka the Head of Programmes at PELUM Uganda, highlighted the achievements in the previous strategic plan period including;

Establishment of a sustainable system of community seed banking where over 60,000 farmers participated
Strengthening capacity of farmers to manage plant resources
Creating the cook book for Ugandan traditional foods profiled in different delicacies in Uganda
Promoting the conservation of wild foods sources among others.
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