Resilient Urban Food System Uganda (RUFS_Uganda) advances the potential of smallholder farmers in the Kasese Municipality towards enhanced urban food system resilience.
Through a combination of an actor-oriented, resilience-based and risk-vulnerability assessment strategy, the RUFS_Uganda project mobilised smallholder farmers across River Nyamwamba transect in Kasese Municipality and its urban region, local leaders and other stakeholders in a series of participatory workshops, field visits and training sessions.
Through the above activities, the different stakeholders engaged their rich collection of knowledge, skills, expertise and experiences and contributed to the production of critical actor and food flow maps, capacity needs assessments and undertaking peer-to-peer knowledge exchange. The interactions elicited valuable insights into Kasese’s urban region food system (e.g. local policy priorities, actor relations, capacity gaps, risks and vulnerabilities, constraints etc.). More importantly, it raised greater awareness and appreciation of the value of smallholder farmers to the area’s food system.
These engagements have triggered action by the local leaders who resolved to commit financial resources in their future budgets to support smallholders. On the other hand, it incentivised smallholder farmers to mobilise and organise themselves better by formally registering as groups to create the create a critical mass they need to influence decision-making processes.
The AgriFoSe2030 programme, under Challenge 4, supports the Resilient Urban Food System Uganda (RUFS_Uganda) which advances the potential of smallholder farmers in the Mbale and Kasese Municipalities in Uganda towards enhanced urban food system resilience.