Key Strategic Focus

ESAFF Uganda has four key strategic areas that are critical to ESAFF Uganda’s mission and future. Progress toward each goal are evaluated and shared with members every year. Our Strategic Goal is to achieve strong small scale farmer-led movement actively contributing to improved livelihoods, food sovereignty and favourable agriculture policies.

Strategic Focus 1: Movement Building

Under this, focus is put on strengthening ESAFF Uganda from sub county level to national level through building capacity, networking with likeminded organisations, recruiting more members and strengthening knowledge management. Strengthening of the Forum’s institutional capacity to effectively deliver on its mandate and that of the Board and management leads to building a strong small scale farmer-led advocacy movement.

ESAFF Uganda therefore focuses on building strong policy influencing structures of the Forum from grassroots to national level through:
1.Strengthening of governance and management team of the Forum from district to national level
2.Developing and strengthening regional satellite centres and an Agriculture Policy Information Centre for smallholder farmers
3.Strengthening relationships with likeminded organisations as well as building new partnerships
4.Support learning between 40 member districts and other likeminded organisation

Strategic Focus 2: Food Sovereignty

Focusing on the right of small scale farmers to control their own food systems, including markets, ecological resources, food cultures, and production modes. The approach focuses on achieving the important principles of food sovereignty which include the right to food, democratic food production systems, the strengthening of local markets, fair trade relations and the formation of fair prices, decent living wages, the freedom of association, education, and the debt relief for states. Other basic principles are access to fertile land, pastures, fishing grounds, forests, water and seeds through agrarian and land reforms, as well as through the agroecological management and the common conservation of natural resources. Fighting for women’s rights and against land grabs and the spread of GMOs will also be a core under this strategic focus.

ESAFF Uganda at the highest level possible upholds and protects the principles of food sovereignty. This is be achieved through;
1.Conducting studies and research on the key principles of food sovereignty for knowledge building and policy influencing
2.Protecting the rights of women and men smallholder farmers to their land, seed, food, markets and natural resources
3.Promoting agroecological and indigenous approaches that sustain food sovereignty and livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

Strategic Focus 3: Agriculture Financing and Investments

It is predicted that government investment in the agricultural sector can not only address hunger and malnutrition but also other challenges including poverty, climate change among others. ESAFF Uganda focuses on increasing citizens’ participation in influencing agriculture financing by both public and private sector in Uganda as well as influencing regional and continental agriculture development targets through using evidence based policy advocacy in line with the Malabo Declaration and other agriculture related policies. This contributes to enhancing investment finance in agriculture, ending hunger, halving poverty through inclusive agriculture growth and transformation, enhancing resilience in livelihoods and production systems to climate variability and other shocks.

ESAFF Uganda works with likeminded organisations to influence national government to enhance public investment finance in Agriculture through;
1.Engaging in policy research on agriculture financing issues to collect evidence for policy influencing
2.Strengthening the capacity of members in engaging policy makers and influencing policies from local to global levels
3.Participating in agriculture policy formulation processes and organizing policy engagements through media, dialogues, lobby meetings, summit and symposiums.

Strategic Focus 4: Climate Resilient Livelihood Development

ESAFF Uganda aims at skilling of small scale farmers and empower them in overcoming social, economic and environmental challenges. From enhancing crop yield and keeping animals healthy to providing market access, ESAFF Uganda works to ensure livelihoods are nutrition-sensitive, resilient and profitable by supporting small scale farmers’ productivity and profitability.

The Forum increases the capacity of its members to engage in livelihood development. It does this in the following specific ways:
1.Empowering men, women and youth small scale farmers with skills in farmer entrepreneurship having profitable income generating farm enterprises and promote access to enterprise development opportunities, capital and services for women and youth.
2.Embracing equitable access, control and ownership of productive resources for increased productivity in the communities.
3.Promoting the adoption of appropriate technologies that can address pre and post-harvest losses, climate change, market and agriculture information.
4.Influencing policies and practices that affect livelihood development of both women and men smallholder farmers