About the Uganda Country Platform

Prolinnova–Uganda is an NGO-led initiative to develop a national learning network for the promotion of local innovation in ecologically oriented agriculture and natural resource management (NRM). Prolinnova–Uganda was initiated in 2003, with the secretariat at Environmental Alert, an NGO.

The programme seeks to: 

  • Set up an effective multistakeholder partnership programme in Uganda
  • Set up lasting mechanisms for linkages between these initiatives for analysis of and learning from Prolinnova experiences and for mutual support
  • Synthesise lessons from these new initiatives and similar experiences and document and spread the lessons
  • Encourage wider application and institutionalisation of Prolinnova approaches within formal research, development and education.

The focus is upscaling, mainstreaming and institutionalising community-led approaches to agriculture and NRM. Innovations identified, verified and documented include improving soil fertility through organic manure; control of pests in crops; seed selection; upland yam growing; processing different products from amaranths like porridge and snacks; making briquettes and peel bran processing from waste; developing poultry incubator as well as control of diseases in animals. In addition to identifying local innovations, other activities include: 

  • Capacity building in Participatory Innovation Development (PID) and sustainable land management, curriculum development in higher institutions of learning, policy lobbying and advocacy
  • Participatory monitoring and evaluation
  • Joint experimentation on local innovations by farmers, scientist researchers and development workers
  • Creating awareness about integrating and mainstreaming PID approaches in institutions of research, education and extension
  • Piloting Local Innovation Support Fund (LISF)
  • Facilitating farmer-led documentation.

Prolinnova–Uganda is a Country Platform with 34 diverse partners, including government institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs) and the private sector. Out of these partners, the National Steering Committee (NSC) and Core Team were formed. 

The NSC provides policy guidance to the Country Platform and, as of May 2017, comprises the following persons:

Prolinnova–Uganda National Steering Committee (NSC)

  1. Alex Lwakuba, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)
  2. (Ms) Anne Akwango, Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA)
  3. (Ms) Beatrice Akello, National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO)
  4. (Ms) Christine Nakato, Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE) NSC Chair
  5. Christopher Kyeswa, Africa 2000 Network Uganda (A2N)
  6. (Ms) Claire Mukankusi, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)–Uganda
  7. (Ms) Deborah Kasule, Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST)
  8. Gorreti Nabanoga, Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation, Makerere University (FFNC)
  9. (Ms) Magdalene Amujal Ogwang, KULIKAUganda

      Joshua Zake, Environmental Alert (EA), ProlinnovaUganda coordinator; ex-officio member of NSC

The Core Team members provide technical support to the Country Platform and are responsible for implementing Prolinnova activities. The team includes people from the following organisations: EA, KULIKA–Uganda, A2N, MAAIF, Participatory Ecological Land Use Management Association (PELUM–Uganda), National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), UNCST, NARO, Nalukonge Community Initiatives Association (NACIA) and Kikandwa Environmental Association (KEA). The last two are rural community-based organisations.  

Prolinnova–Uganda piloted Local Innovation Support Facilities (LISFs) in six districts: Wakiso, Kayunga, Mukono, Mityana, Masaka and Mubende.

The Country Platform recently completed the Rockefeller Foundation-supported project CLIC-SR (Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research), involving farmer-led joint experimentation together with formal researchers in two districts: Moya and Nakasongola.


Compilation of PID Cases

A total of eight cases of farmer-led joint experimentation in agriculture or NRM – two from each of the four Country Platforms involved – were brought together in the publication

Farmer Innovation Fair in Ngogwe Sub-County, Uganda

On 3 September 2017, a Farmer Innovation Fair was held at the Youth Association for Rural Development (YARD) offices in Ngogwe Sub-County in Buikwe District of Uganda. It was supported by HORIZONT3000, the Austrian Organization for Development Cooperation, under the auspices of their programme on Enabling Rural Innovation (ERI) East Africa Project” in Uganda and Tanzania. The briefing note on the Fair includes information about YARD, HORIZONT3000, Environmental Alert and Prolinnova–Uganda and lists the 26 farmer groups that exhibited their innovations.

Documentation and dissemination of innovations for climate change adaptation and mitigation

This was conducted largely through implementation of targeted participatory processes involving key stakeholders at community, local and national levels, as part of activity implementation under the CLIC–SR project. Consequently, the following publications were generated and disseminated:

Prolinnova–Uganda's update for 2016

Prolinnova–Uganda gives an update on its work in completing the CLIC–SR work in 2016, including two examples of farmer-led joint experimentation that were documented as case studies. Also a booklet and a policy brief were published on innovations for climate change adaptation in Uganda.

Numerous dialogues with policy- and decision-makers in research, academia, government and farmer organisations about local innovation and farmer-led research and development included a national workshop in July 2016. In November, a partner organisation in the Country Platform (CP) – Kikandwa Environmental Association (KEA) – co-organised with AGC (A Growing Culture) a gathering in Kikandwa to plan the setting up of a farmers’ library for food sovereignty. This was attended by several other Prolinnova–Uganda partner organisations. The full report can be found here.

Prolinnova-Uganda annual report 2015

This report of presents highlights of the activities of the Prolinnova–Uganda Country Platform in the period January–December 2015. These included the identification of still more farmer innovations, multistakeholder learning and exchange on local innovation and participatory innovation development (PID), capacity building in PID and climate-change adaptation, and mainstreaming PID within Ugandan institutions concerned with agricultural research and development.

Prolinnova-Uganda annual report 2014

The 2014 report focuses on the main activities being carried out by the network in Uganda as part of the Eastern African project on Strengthening Community Resilience to Change - Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research (CLIC-SR), funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Prolinnova-Uganda Local Innovation Support Fund (LISF) implementer’s guide

Prolinnova-Uganda would like to share her experience of piloting Local Innovation Support Funds (LISFs). The guide has been drawn from experience of four years (2007-11) of piloting and has been compiled to inform and guide institutions and organisations that would want to support innovation processes with such a funding mechanism.

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