During the course of my work I am regularly confronted with discourse that in my view I consider to be premised on falsehoods that are peddled as truths and on the basis of which policies, interventions and strategies are being made that have significant consequence on the peoples of Uganda.
I feel it my duty as an active citizen to engage with such discourse and to offer my views. I thus earlier this year authored a paper which I have today published on the online sight “Academia” in which I engage Uganda’s agriculture policy and attempt to demonstrate the match and/or mismatch between it and lived realities of ordinary Ugandans.
The paper is structured in five major parts as follows:
- Part I: Agriculture in Uganda (pages 2 – 9) provides a social cultural description of agriculture in the context of Uganda – with the intent to define agriculture on the basis of the realities on the ground. The following is discussed in Part I: definition of agriculture, agriculture and the economy, subsistence agriculture, nomadic agro-pastoralists, and attitudes on agriculture.
- Part II: Rural and Urban in Uganda (pages 10 – 25) attempts to answer the question: what is the rural and the urban in the context of Uganda? A case study of Teso and the Iteso of Uganda is used in order to provide a historical analysis of changes in a Ugandan food system, in order to demonstrate what is considered rural and urban. The following aspects are discussed in Part II: Teso and Iteso, Iteso farming methods, Iteso farming tools, Iteso land tenure, Teso crops and livestock for cash, Iteso farming practices and the environment, the rural, the urban, attitudes on rural and on urban, Teso urbanising, changes in Iteso food, slumitisation of Teso and land grabbing in Teso.
- Part III: Uganda National Budgets and Agriculture Policy (pages 26 -34) is in form of a policy brief that discusses national budgets and relevant policy in relation to agriculture. Budget allocations to agriculture are discussed in relation to the national budget and in terms of intra agriculture sector allocations. Uganda Food and Nutrition Policy and Uganda National Land Policy are discussed.
- Part IV: Conclusion (Pages 35 – 37) threads together the three preceding parts and uses them to support opinions on whether national budget allocations to smallholder farmers improve or not agricultural production and whether they stem or not rural-urban migration.
- Part V: Works sited (pages 38-41)
If you are unable to access it through Academia and you are interested in it, please request for it through comment to this post.