The world is currently facing an unprecedented food crisis. According to FAO, in an ideal world, agrifood systems would be resilient, inclusive and sustainable, producing sufficient, safe and nutritious food for all, and generating livelihoods that guarantee people’s economic access to that food. FAO further stresses that today, agrifood systems fail to keep about 10 percent of the world’s population free from hunger. Uganda in this case is generally an agrarian country and agriculture plays a significant role in causing climate change, land degradation and other negative impacts to the ecosystem.
To build back better for sustainable food production, laws and policies should be directed towards the promotion of agroecology for sustainable food production. Agroecology is one approach that can help small-scale producers adapt to and mitigate climate change and resilience to multiple shocks and stresses. It helps stabilize and increase yields, fosters growth of local crops and animal breeds, enhances income and diversifies household diets while preserving the ecosystem.
CEFROHT’s unique approach of promoting agroecology using the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) facilitates the interaction between the duty bearers and rights-holders (farmers and consumers). Using the HRBA, participation, accountability, non-discrimination, transparency human dignity, empowerment and rule of law principles are guaranteed. As a result, CEFROHT engages duty bearers through dialogues and trainings using a HRBA to create an understanding of the relevance agroecology to the public and the environment which catalyzes the development of legal and policy reforms to promote agroecology.
CEFROHT conducts on farm trainings in both rural and peri-urban areas: in rural areas-Kiboga district, CEFROHT established an agroecology learning center on which learning exchanges are facilitated. Besides the learning center, CEFROHT facilitates learning exchanges on beneficiaries agroecology farms in rural and peri-urban centers for instance the bakyala-bagalana agroecology household gardens in Wakiso. This therefore facilities knowledge exchange as a key principle of agroecology and empowering farmers on their rights using a HRBA. This response has ensured the maintenance of the ecosystem, a clean and healthy environment which contributes to achieving food justice, climate justice and livelihood and economic justice.
CEFROHT believes that promoting agroecology is the solution to creating a resilient, regenerative and equitable food system for food safety, food and nutrition security for the present and future generation without leaving anyone behind. CEFROHT’s interventions relate to the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals; ending poverty in all its forms (SDG No. 1), end hunger, achieve food security an improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture (SDG No. 2) and taking an urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (SDG No. 3). This is all aimed at achieving an adequate standard of living in communities.
Our interventions are harnessed through the collaborative approach as a sure enabler to exploring the agroecology principles and approach with science, practice and movement. With this approach, the project beneficiaries are able to achieve more from the knowledge exchange and dialogues given the diverse knowledge. Relatedly, to recover back and better from the effects of COVID-19 and climate change patterns, a collaborative geared towards creating a movement is the only tool that supports the production of healthy food and support women and the youths for economic justice. The human rights-based approach coupled with the collaborative strategy towards the promotion of agroecology is at the heart of sustainable natural resource use based on people’s knowledge and human rights, seeking maximization of cost-effective methodologies and opportunities like the local government’s provision of spaces for earth markets at a tax-free to agroecology farmers as a strategy for the achieving economic justice.
To this end, CEFROHT envisions creating a regional movement that facilitates the use of the law and a human rights based approach to promote agroecology to achieve food, climate and livelihood and economic justice. This will squarely build a strategy for engaging duty bearers and rights holders toward achieving a resilient, regenerative and equitable food system.