A significant day for Uganda – the IYFF is launched in Kampala

The IYFF was launched on 22 November at Hotel Africana in Kampala by Uganda’s Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Honourable Tress Bucyanayandi.

The Minister described the IYFF as timely and “spot on”, especially for Uganda, a country whose economy depends chiefly on agriculture. 

Speaking at the event, FAO’s country representative, Mr. Alhaji M. Jallow accompanied by Gertrude Kenyangi, Coordinator of the National Committee for International Year of Family Farming, underlined the crucial role played by family farmers in the eradication of hunger. The launch included a visit to an exhibition of organic produce displayed by local smallholder family farmers.

As Mr. Alhaji M. Jallow reported, Uganda celebrated the beginning of the IYFF in a poignant way: “Candles were lit, speeches were delivered and a group of farmers marched for about three kilometres with a brass band to raise awareness for the event.”

The Honourable Minister was also interviewed by media on the significance of the day.