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Agriculture Policy Advocacy Programme

In 2016, CPAR began its Policy Advocacy Programmes in which it functions as a Consulting Organisation. The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) contracted CPAR through its Managing Director, Ms. Norah Owaraga, a cultural anthropologist and the subject specialist, to conduct a study over a period of three months for the purpose of investigating “the elusive nexus between the endogenous and the exogenous food systems within the context of Uganda’s agriculture.” In the context of climate change, the overall goal of the study was to generate knowledge that will facilitate a deeper understanding of arguments that are related to food systems within Uganda’s agriculture.  Specifically the study objectives were to:

  • Highlight the conceptual inconsistencies which inform the design of agriculture programmes and policies for Uganda.
  • Demonstrate the dominance of the ‘modernisation of agriculture’ school of thought, its attitude towards Uganda’s complex endogenous agriculture, and its implications on food security and the environment.
  • Describe ways in which Uganda’s complex endogenous agriculture and food systems are resilient and relevant.

CPAR successfully conducted the study, doing field work in Kampala, Serere and Moroto; and a comprehensive literature review. The Agriculture Policy Report that resulted from the study has been accepted by OSIEA; of which the formal official launch workshop of the report is expected to be held in May 2017 in Kampala. 

Following its formal launch, CPAR will share the report on its website and will invite the public to electronically discuss the report through the CPAR website and CPAR social media sites so as to document grassroots views on the report. CPAR expects that the report will provoke and generate significant constructive debate which it plans to capture and use in the form of policy briefs that can be utilised for positively influencing agriculture policy development and implementation in Uganda.

Photo: Ms. Norah Owaraga being interviewed shortly after she gave a TED Talk.