EBAFOSA Uganda Chapter Launch

Ecosystems Adaptation support for Foods Security

Extension the food security discussion with the implementation of EBA approaches

On the 22nd July 2016,  the Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA) Uganda Chapter was launched.  EBAFOSA is the first inclusive Pan-African policy framework and implementation platform, a solutions space that brings together key stakeholders and actors along the entire Ecosystem Based Adaption (EBA) driven agriculture value chain. Which include government and the public sector, the private sector, academia and CSO’s.

Following the 2nd Africa EBA for food security conference convened on 30-31 July 2015 by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC)Africa Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) and other partners where over 1200 delegates from all across Africa established the Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA) as an inclusive pan-African policy framework and implementation platform to ensure EBA driven agriculture and its value-chains are up-scaled to being the norm in policy and practice across the entire continent and to ensure that grandeur development blueprints are adequately domesticated and implemented, – all these through a country driven process.

Uganda is progressing very well in mobilizing the critical mass of stakeholders and has registered focal persons in the Ministry of Agriculture (policy makers), has registered Farmers Association of Uganda (primary producers), food & beverage unions, hotels (consumers), research institutions / university departments (research / advisory), women and youth advocacy groups. To date over 1798 quality members had been registered. EBAFOSA National Secretariat is hosted at the Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE), the host institution.

IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES: (Next Steps)

Policy level stakeholders & Operational / implementation level

1) Linking policy makers to policy makers by inviting them to stakeholders meetings:

Silos will be broken between policy makers in agriculture ministries and  environment to make sure  that EBA driven agriculture techniques becomes part of mainstream agriculture approaches, the ministry of industrialization will be needed to ensure appropriate policies needed to facilitate the private sector for commercialization and value addition enterprises along the value chain are in place and the ministry of finance will be needed to ensure it prioritizes budget allocation for the programmes put in by the agriculture, environment, and industrialization ministries.

2) Link policy makers to on-going on-farm EBA initiatives and value addition enterprises. This will be carried out by organizing Agricultural Show and visitation of processing factories.

3) Linking  policy makers with academia and research and to international bodies

enable further enrichment of policies / policy making through an organized Field Visitation,  Workshops, Trainings and Media Publications.

Finally, with the above strategies EBAFOSA Uganda will be able to;

(1) Break silos among all stakeholders – Government agencies / policy makers, especially in ministries of environment, agriculture, finance and industrialization.- On-farm producers / farmers – – Value addition service providers – – Advisory services – Education / academia / research / extension and other advisory service providers.

(2) Jettisons’ all challenges and barriers to upscale EBA and value chains among each of these stakeholders e.g. low market access for produce among farmers; lack of awareness on EBA technologies and value adding technologies among farmers; lack of awareness on suppliers of organically produced foods among consumer groups etc.

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