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Uganda National Farmers Federation

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Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE) is the largest Non-Governmental Farmer Organisation in Uganda. It was founded in January 1992 as Uganda national Farmers Association (UNFA) and turned into a Federation in 2002

Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE) is the largest private sector, farmer-based, umbrella membership Non-governmental Organization (NGO) in Uganda (and one of the largest in East and Central Africa) which advocates for, lobbies and articulates farmers’ developmental issues and programs. Its activities reach grassroots farming communities in all corners of the country.

The membership of UNFFE is made up of over 90 independent associations of farmers, agro-industrialists and agro-commodity dealers. Individual membership to these associations is over 1,000,000 people country-wide of whom about 40% are women.

It is a constitutional requirement for all UNFFE member Associations to have at least one third of the leadership consisting of female leaders. The biggest batch of membership is made up of about 70 District Farmers Associations (DFAs) which are spread in the Northern, Eastern, Central and Western regions of Uganda, thus giving the Federation a uniquely national status and representation. Twelve (12) of those DFAs are headed by women as Chairpersons and several Vice-Chairpersons.

UNFFE Apex is linked to the grassroots farmers through the member District Farmers Associations and the Commodity and Agro-input Associations. For the District Farmers Associations, which are the core founding members of UNFFE, linkage is through the DFA’s District Executive Committee (DEC), the Sub-county Executive Committee (SEC) and the Parish Executive Committee (PEC).

The grassroots farmers are organised through Special Interest Groups (SIGs) which are mainly in form of commodity-specific production and more recently financial services provider groups (VSLA groups).

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