Policy Advocacy

We bring to the attention of policy makers the issues that affect small scale farmers.

The Policy Advocacy unit ensures that farmer’s lived experiences are effectively heard among policy makers and development practitioners.The unit takes deliberate measures to engage conversations regarding the integrity of small scale farming in providing sufficient and safe food, in ecologically sound ways.

Community Building

We support small scale farmers on projects that employ local knowledge and technology

The Community Building unit works with grassroots communities to conceptualize projects that are inclusive, that engage with indigenous knowledge and local technologies, to promote healthy social bonds, vibrant community life and ecologically sound farming practices.

Welcome Note

Bridging Policy Gaps and Empowering Small-Scale Farmers

Uganda’s small-scale farmers produce most of Uganda’s food and employ over 85% of Uganda’s work force. And yet the voices of small-scale farmers are largely underrepresented in policy debates. Therefore, policies intended to address the issues that small scale farmers encounter often end up at odds with their reality, and the issues that adversely affect their production potential remain unaddressed.
How can we bridge the gap between policy and the lived experiences of Uganda’s small-scale farmers?
How can we ensure that small scale farmers freely and openly articulate their lived experiences?
Through what channels, and through what means, might we bring small scale farmers together to articulate the issues that they encounter?
What possibilities exist for small scale farmers to address theissues that affect their livelihood dreams?

Washarika grapples with these initial questions. We seek to set in place plans to establish an organization that will grow to firmly facilitate dialogue among small famers, to ensure small scale farmer’s voices are represented at policy level, that their voices are heard in institutions of government charged with their issues and among international bodies that strive to improve small scale farming. Ensuring that conditions are conducive and supportive to small scale farmers is our mission.

What we do

Below are our areas of focus for this program.

Farmer dialogues;
Coffee farming promotion;
Free range chicken promotion

Advisory Board

Ruth Ojiambo Ochieng – Interim Chair of the Board
A self-driven and motivated human rights defender Ruth’s strength lies in peace building, and spearheading alliances to form collaborative agendas between the marginalized, the elite and policymakers, so as to challenge injustices, prejudice, taboos and stigma related to women survivors of violence, and in particular, those in situation of armed conflicts.

She holds a Masters in Communications Policy Studies from City University London and a B.Sc. in Applied Social Sciences (Information and Communications), from the then Polytechnic of North London. Ruth has also undertaken several short courses in Gender Analysis, Human Rights, Advocacy, and Peace Building and Conflict Resolution.

Dr. Fina Opio – Member
Dr. Fina Opio is the Executive Director of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA). She holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania, a Masters of Science in Crop Science from Nairobi University, Kenya and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Makerere University – Uganda.

Fina is highly knowledgeable in plant pathology, bacteriology, participatory agricultural research, technology development and dissemination, rural development and Gender issues. She has published over 30 papers in international scientific journals and over 60 papers in conference / workshop proceedings.

Paul Sigombe – Member
Paul is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. He is skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Food Security, Business Planning, Coaching, and Team Building. A graduate of Makerere University, Paul brings strong business development skills.

Faith Ngaira – Member
Faith earned her Bachelors Degree in Electric Engineering from the University of Nairobi in 1976, becoming the first female in East Africa to qualify at this level in this field. Faith is Chief Technologist, Department Of Electrical And Power Engineering and Lecturer at Kenya Polytechnic University College. In her free time Faith is a practicing farmer in Kakamega, Western Kenya, who brings a wealth of experience at senior management level and farming systems.

Dr. Gilbert Maiga – Member
Gilbert Maiga (PhD) is Dean and Associate Professor at the School of Computing and informatics Technology at Makerere University’s College of Computing and Information Sciences. His main areas of expertise are information systems evaluation, data integration using ontology, e-health and e-Government systems development and adoption. He is a co- chair of the Development Informatics Research Group at the school of computing and Informatics technology, Makerere University—a multi-disciplinary Research Group that focuses on the study and creation of Information Systems that address socio-economic issues. In addition to his PhD, Dr. Maiga holds a Master of Science (Physiology), University of Nairobi Kenya, and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Makerere University, Uganda.

Teopista Birungi – Member
Birungi Teopista is a practicing farmer in Dabani Sub-county in Busia District. Teopista has been quite active in her community leading several research and agricultural focused community level activities. Birungi brings a wealth of experience in community level work and activism.

Catherine Barasa Asekenye – Member
Catherine is a Senior Social Development Specialist at the World Bank, Kampala Uganda. Catherine holds a Master of International Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia. Catherine’s areas of expertise include capacity building training, policy analysis, gender mainstreaming for social development and public health promotion.

Program Team

We are currently working with the following dedicated team members.

Daniel Lumonya Program Director, PhD
Dorothy Kamukama Programs Officer
Monika Namufuta Community Liaison Officer
Wanyama Jackson Community Liaison Officer
Amos Ngolobe Volunteer;
Gladys Nanyanga Volunteer.

Current Projects

We are currently part of the following ongoing projects.

Our current projects
1. Farmer dialogues;
2. Coffee farming promotion;
3. Free range chicken promotion

Program Contact

Get in touch with us

1st Floor, Victoria House,
Plot 1518 Old Kira Road, Bukoto,
P.O. Box 25720, Kampala Uganda
+256 772501793 or +256 700 987281
communitybuilding@washarika.org.
www.washarika.org