History of ESAFF
In 2002 an exciting idea of a Small Farmers Convergence (SFC) was conceived alongside the World Summit on Sustainable Agriculture which was being held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The main aim of the convergence was to make small farmers, pastoralists and fisher folk, who are central to sustainable natural resource management and development more visible. The 300 delegates of the Small Farmer Convergence, decided to set up a Regional Forum of Small-scale farmers, pastoralists and traditional fisher folks which was called the Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF). The formation of ESAFF was a direct response to the need to create a forum where Small Scale Farmers (SSFs) are able to deliberate on and voice their concerns. The forum was established to bring together small scale farmers into a social movement to build common aspirations, learning and linkages. It brings together small scale crop farmers, pastoralists and traditional fisher folks. The Forum currently operates in 15 countries in eastern and southern Africa including Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Lesotho, DR Congo, Madagascar, Seychelles and Mozambique
Launch of ESAFF in Uganda
In 2002, the Ugandan small-scale farmers who had participated in the Small Farmers Convergence (SFC) in South Africa came back to Uganda and launched their district Forums and later the district Forum agreed to come together to form a national Forum hence ESAFF Uganda. ESAFF Uganda started operations officially in 2008 in only 5 districts. ESAFF Uganda is the largest small scale farmer-led advocacy movement in Uganda that was formed to facilitate processes through which small-scale farmers’ development concerns can be solicited, articulated and ultimately addressed through local and national policies and programmes. ESAFF Uganda works to enhance the SSFs ability to make informed decisions and participate meaningfully in development processes through capacity building, advocacy, research and institutional development. ESAFF Uganda operates in an environment where agriculture is the mainstay of rural development and small scale farmers are responsible for 95% of the agriculture production in Uganda which is enough to feed the population of Uganda and therefore must be recognized as key actors in development. ESAFF Uganda is currently having membership in 30 districts including Soroti, Serere, Amuria, Ngora, Bukedea, Kumi, Kabale, Kisoro, Masaka, Mubende, Mityana, Mukono, Nebbi, Zombo, Kamuli, Jinja, Mbale, Mayuge, Bugiri, Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya, Pader, Adjumani, Manafwa, Iganga, Arua, Apac, Kasese and Kanungu.
To nurture the participation of small scale farmers in sustainable development processes, for self-reliance through advocacy, capacity building and institutional development.
Empowered self-reliant small scale farmers
Integrity: ESAFF Uganda stands for truthfulness, being honest and having strong moral principles.
Mutual trust: The Forum recognizes that every persons should be reliable, feeling safe and confident with each other.
Transparency: ESAFF Uganda believes that each person should establish themselves as an honest, credible person in the eyes of others and being accountability.
Respect: ESAFF Uganda holds everyone in high due regard for their feelings, wishes, or rights.
Equity: The Forum stands for Fairness, impartiality and justice.