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‘Stakeholders’ in Uganda’s land

 

Lately, dominant discourse in Uganda is dominated with a lot about how ‘stakeholders’ in Uganda’s land are concerned about this or the other. One hears that so called ‘development partners’ are concerned about the non-registration of Ugandans land that is held under customary tenure, for example. 

One hears that the Government of Uganda (GoU) is seeking support – money and expertise – from foreign ‘development partners’ in order to implement the Uganda National Land Policy, thus making the GoU and the foreign ‘development partners’ ‘stakeholders’ in Uganda’s land, for example. 

Re-Thinking Education in Uganda

Every time a new parliament swears in and it is time to vet their qualifications for presidential appointments – Government of Uganda (GoU) ministers, for example, consciousness of education qualifications is heightened. This is the case also leading up to or during election campaigns at all levels. However, a deeper analysis of what is considered education in Uganda often leaves one baffled - especially so when one reviews so-called development strategies and policies that are intended for the benefit of Ugandans. 

Uganda Policy and Smallholder Farmers

The Uganda Food and Nutrition Policy (UFNP): The UFNP (Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheriers and Ministry of Health 2003) carries a similar attitude as that of Uganda National Budgets. It also seemingly promotes ‘grow to sell then buy to eat’.  The overall objective of the policy is:

“To promote the nutritional status of all the people of Uganda through multi-sectoral and co-coordinated interventions that focus on food security, improved nutrition and increased incomes.” 

Uganda National Budgets and Agriculture 

In this analysis I rely heavily on national budget analyses that have been done by the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG 2016) as the source of budget figures. The figures of interest for this paper are presented here below: