Family Farming Knowledge Platform

Eastern and Southern Africa Small-scale Farmers' Forum (ESAFF) Uganda ESAFF Uganda

Type of Organization: Farmers' organization
Areas of work: Agroecology
Region: Africa
Country: Uganda
Eastern and Southern Africa Small-scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) was formed in 2002 during the World Summit on Sustainable Agriculture which was being held in Johannesburg, South Africa by small-scale farmers. The main aim was to make small-scale farmers, pastoralists and fisher folk, who are central to sustainable natural resource management and development more visible. Eastern and Southern Africa Small-scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) was operationalised in Uganda in 2008 as a direct response to the need to create a regional Forum to bring together small scale farmers into a farmer-led advocacy movement to influence policies and practices at global, continental, regional, national and local levels. ESAFF Uganda is a small scale farmer-led advocacy movement formed to facilitate processes through which small scale farmers’ development concerns can be solicited, articulated and ultimately addressed through policies and programs. ESAFF Uganda focuses on advancing economic empowerment, agroecology and food sovereignty. ESAFF Uganda is currently having a membership of 1359 farmer groups with 48210 individual small-scale farmers of which 64 per cent are women in 54 districts (under the administration of 30 historical districts’ forums). ESAFF Uganda is also part of a bigger network of small scale farmers in the other 15 countries in eastern and southern Africa including South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Lesotho, DR Congo, Madagascar, Seychelles and Mozambique. Our Mission: To nurture the participation of small scale farmers in sustainable development processes, for self-reliance through advocacy, capacity building and institutional development. Our vision: Empowered self-reliant small scale farmers