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Research – findings food systems & agriculture

The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) contracted our Managing Director, Ms. Norah Owaraga, a cultural anthropologist, to conduct an investigation into “the elusive nexus between the endogenous and the exogenous food systems within the context of Uganda’s agriculture.”

In the context of climate change, the overall goal of the study was to generate knowledge that will facilitate a deeper understanding of arguments that are related to food systems within Uganda’s agriculture. 

Specifically the study objectives were to:

  • Highlight the conceptual inconsistencies which inform the design of agriculture programmes and policies for Uganda.
  • Demonstrate the dominance of the ‘modernisation of agriculture’ school of thought, its attitude towards Uganda’s complex endogenous agriculture, and its implications on food security and the environment.
  • Describe ways in which Uganda’s complex endogenous agriculture and food systems are resilient and relevant.

Ms. Owaraga successfully conducted the study during from August to November 2016; doing field work in Kampala, Serere and Moroto; and a comprehensive literature review.

The Agriculture Policy Report that resulted from the study was accepted by OSIEA in May 2017 and is available on request via email from CPAR Uganda Ltd.  

Photo: A CPAR Uganda Ltd beneficiary with his bumper harvest of sesame.

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