2003 Mid-year Report

Summary report on Prolinnova-Uganda

January–June 2003

In Uganda, Prolinnova builds on previous work related to promoting local innovation under the two projects “Indigenous Soil and Water Conservation in Africa” (ISWC) and “Promoting Farmer Innovation” (PFI), both coordinated by the Ugandan Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries. This Ministry has joined the core facilitating team for Prolinnova planning in the country, which is coordinated by the NGO Environmental Alert, and includes three other NGOs as members: PELUM (Participatory Ecological Land Use Management) Uganda, Kulika Charitable Trust, and the Africa 2000 Network.

Stakeholders Plan 2003

Stakeholders plan for Prolinnova in Uganda

From 18 – 22 August, 2003, 21 people met in Mbale, Eastern Uganda, to plan for Prolinnova in the country. They represented stakeholders from agriculture research, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), NGO’s and NGO umbrella networks, farmers and policy makers. For a number of reasons, research was slightly underrepresented (only Serere Agriculture and Animal Research Institute). The workshop was officially opened by the Local Council Chairman of the Mbale district, an opening that received TV coverage during the National News. The workshop was later also addressed by the Dr. John Aluma, Deputy Director General for National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO). Three farmer innovators joined the discussions of the workshop and a photo display of farmers’ innovations further enriched the discussions.