COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT & CAPACITY BUILDING
CEFROHT strives to promote a resilient, regenerative and equitable agricultural practice for healthy diets among communities through promoting agroecology. Agroecology as a mitigation strategy seeks to produce food sustainably by capitalizing on the interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment often referred to as the ecosystem. In this way, farmers can produce food sustainably without having negative effects to the environment as well as conserving for the future generation.
Agro ecology contributes directly to multiple SDGs through integrated practices that cut across many areas. The UN Sustainable Goal No. 2 focusses on ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture and specific recourse is given to target 2.4 which states that by 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystem, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality. Goal No. 13 target 13.2, species that states must integrate climate measurers into national policies, strategies and planning.
Article 25 of the Universal declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) provides that everyone has a right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including but not limited to food. Similarly, Article 11(2) of the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights provides recognizes the fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger and that states shall among others improve the methods of production anchored on knowledge building.
The use of a human rights based approach is essential given that everyone is vulnerable. General Comment No. 12 on the right to food expounds on what the right to adequate food as inseparable from social justice, requiring the adoption of appropriate economic, environmental and social policies, at both the national and international levels.
At the national level, Uganda relies on Uganda Vision 2040 which identifies agriculture as one of the key opportunities to strengthen the Ugandan economy and transform society from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country and the Third National Development Plan (NDPIII) whose goal is to increase household incomes and improved the quality of life of Uganda. It’s on these instruments that the policy formulation is anchored. The National Organic Agriculture Policy, 2019 production of safe food for the present and the future generation is achievable, this policy should be holistically implemented.
Following the principle of agroecology, CEFROHT works towards transforming the food and agriculture system through the promotion of agroecological approach to build resilient livelihoods and ensuring that no one is left behind. CEFROHT strives at keeping agroeology a living concept by enabling knowledge sharing. To this end, CEFROHT works in line with identified model farmers whose gardens are used as model farms for trainings. This strategy identifies agroecology community model farmers to foster knowledge exchange.