A Communique on the 1st National Agroecology Actors Symposium organized by PELUM Uganda on 30th and 31st May 2019 in Kampala.

Over 300 Agroecology actors comprising of small scale family farmers, farmers organizations, civil society organizations, private sector actors, youth organizations, women organizations, the academia, legislators, public servants, international organizations and media personalities from all regions of Uganda convened at Silver Springs Hotel, Kampala from 30th to 31st May 2019 to participate in the 1st National Agroecology Actors Symposium under the theme; ‘Advancing multi stakeholder responsiveness towards scaling-up of agroecology in Uganda’.

ESAFF Uganda Brochure

Eastern and Southern Africa Small-scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) Uganda is a small scale farmer initiated and farmer-led movement formed to facilitate processes through which small-scale farmers’ development concerns can be solicited, articulated and ultimately addressed through local, national, regional and international policies and programmes. ESAFF Uganda has membership in 30 districts and is a part of a larger regional small scale farmers’ Forum in 15 countries that started in 2002

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. All forms of farming are highly dependent on the climate. Climate change is a major challenge that our food system is facing today and is very likely to affect food security because it
can disrupt food availability, reduce access to food, and affect food quality.

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. To many people, it’s regarded as a source of political power, cultural identity and further to that it’s used for agriculture by small scale farmers to be able to improve their livelihoods and feed the nation.

A Communique developed during the small-scale farmers' agriculture budget dialogue organised by ESAFF Uganda on Tuesday 25th June 2019 in Kampala.

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 as well as identifying critical areas for expenditure tracking in the financial year and brainstorm on the investment priorities.

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.

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. Despite the challenges, this year we made a tremendous contribution to protecting women land rights, promoting agroecology, influencing adequate budgetary allocation to the agriculture sector, protecting seed and food sovereignty and ensuring financial accountability at local government among others.

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

Climate Change is already threatening Uganda’s ecosystems and livelihoods that depend on them. 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, realities of small-scale farmers on the ground, the policy environment and position of government about climate change. This policy brief builds on that study.

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. They acknowledge that government investment in the agricultural sector can not only address hunger and malnutrition but also other challenges since agricultural development is considered a key pillar in achieving about 9 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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 on 28th September 2018. ESAFF Uganda under the leadership of LVC was key in influencing UN to adopt this Declaration.

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 to urge EAC Partner States to Fast Track Domestication of the Malabo Declaration and its Commitments

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 and officially came into force on 1st January 2016. The objective is to popularise the SDG so that world leaders can be held accountable.

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 in Uganda, as well as assessing its effectiveness in addressing seed challenges in the country. The study brief summarises the report, its findings and recommendations.

Our new brochure that defines ESAFF Uganda

This new brochure shares insights about Eastern and Southern African Farmers Forum (ESAFF) Uganda.

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. Small-scale farmers feed Uganda and contribute to regional food security.

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. These districts were suggested by ESAFF Uganda, considering that, on one hand, the districts were severely affected by climate change, and are making visible progress in implementing sustainable techniques to minimize the severe effects.

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. East African governments consider agriculture as the backborne of their respective economies.


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 and accountable for their well being.

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 of the different activities that were implemented by the organization under each strategic components.

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). Key analysis and findings on Public Investment in agriculture were presented from the five EAC Member Countries.

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

The indigenous adaptation practices often increase productivity as well as forming a basis for coping with climate change. 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.

Enhancing indigenous practices in climate change adaptation among small scale farmers in Soroti and Mubende district

ESAFF Uganda commissioned a study on Indigenous Practices to Climate Change adaptation by Small Scale Farmers in Mubende and Soroti districts. The overall objective of the study was to assess and find out the different indigenous practices small scale farmers use to adapt to the changing climate in their localities.

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. The study was conducted by ESAFF Uganda with support from European Union (EU) through ESAFF Regional office.

ESAFF Uganda 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 under each of ESAFF Uganda’s Strategic program and achievements within the 12 months.

Understanding Food sovereignty and Family Farming

Food sovereignty is the right of every nation to keep and develop its own capacity to produce food, vital for food security at community and national level, in accordance to their own cultural diversity and variety of production methods


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.

Public Agriculture Expenditure Analysis in Africa A Case of Uganda

This report is part of a larger study conducted in 2014. Agriculture is commonly understood to be associated with the production of crops, fisheries and livestock. This study is on Public Agriculture Expenditure in Africa Maputo and Malabo commitments focusing on The Case of Uganda

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.

Summary of the Malabo Declaration 2014

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, in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea adopted the declaration meant to transform the Agriculture sector in Africa and to give CAADP an opportunity to guide agriculture development on the African continent.

Brochure for ESAFF Uganda 2012 to 2017

The formation of ESAFF in 2002 was a direct response to the need to create a forum where
Small Scale Farmers (SSFs) are able to facilitate processes through which farmers’
development concerns.

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 (Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum )

The Small-scale Farmers Perspective on 2014 Malabo Commitments

In light of the 2014 Malabo declaration on accelerated agricultural growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods, the government of Uganda needs to follow up on the commitments and targets set so as to ensure that small scale farmers have a better chance at reaping the benefit of paying taxes.

2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) Flyer

The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.