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Uganda Country Platform

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 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 multi-stakeholder platform with 34 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 comprises the following institutions: Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST), Environmental Alert (EA), Africa 2000 Network Uganda (A2N), Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA), National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), CIAT– Uganda, Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation, Makerere University (FFNC), Uganda National Farmers’ Federation (UNFFE) and Uganda Local Authorities Association (ULAA). 

The Core Team comprises technical persons from the following institutions, who provide technical support to the country platform. In addition, they are responsible for implementing Prolinnova activities. The Core Team includes:  EA, A2N, MAAIF, Participatory Ecological Land Use Management Association (PELUM–Uganda), 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 Funds in six districts: Wakiso, Kayunga, Mukono, Mityana, Masaka and Mubende.

It is currently involved in the Rockefeller Foundation-supported project CLIC-SR (Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research).

 

Contact Details

For more information, please email:


Environmental Alert (EA)

PO Box 11259, Kampala, Uganda

Contact person:

Joshua Zake - joszake@gmail.com / ed@envalert.org

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