POLICY AND ADVOCACY
As an apex organization for the entire organic sector, NOGAMU is involved in advocacy activities aimed at increasing awareness, visibility and attracting support to the organic sector. In realizing the above NOGAMU is consultatively engaged with other institutions in the public and private sector to increase networking and support for the organic sector.
NOGAMU has worked with the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries (MAAIF) in the process of developing the Uganda Organic Agriculture policy. A process that has engaged many stake holders since 2004 is now in advanced stages having gone through the regional and National consultations and now awaiting presentation to the legislators.
NOGAMU engages with the public sector institutions such as the Uganda Export Promotions Board (UEPB) and Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) in promoting organic products in the international market and developing national and regional standards respectively. NOGAMU has been and is still instrumental in advocating against such policies & programmes that are seen to affect the organic sector and hence could reduce or increase on the competitiveness of Uganda’s exports in the export market. Such as had been the case in the advocacy campaign on use of non toxic and readily available alternatives to prevention of malaria as compared to the use of DDT for indoor residual spraying and the introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the country which are currently under confined filed trails in the different research centers in Uganda. NOGAMU has also been instrument in ensuring that the sector is operating in a conducive policy environment. She was engaged in the formulation process of the 5 year National Development Plan for Uganda and the Development Strategy and Invest Plan.
NOGAMU collaborates with training institutions, national and international agencies in the development of a conducive environment and support to the sector. Such organizations include;
IFOAM - International Federation of Organic Agriculture - www.ifoam.org
PSFU - Private sector foundation Uganda – www.psfuganda.org
NGO forum- Uganda National NGO Forum- www.ngoforum.or.ug
HIVOS - International Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries - www.hivos.nl
Agro Eco Louis Bolk Institute – East Africa- www.louisbolk.org and www.agroeco.net
ITC - International Trade Centre - www.intracen.org
DED - German Development Service – www.ded.de
OE - Organic Exchange – www.organicexchange.org
UNCTAD – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – www.unctad.org
SIDA – Swedish International Development Cooperative Agency – www.sida.org
UMU – Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi – www.umu.ac.ug
There are other related networks in relation to advocacy and lobbying, these include;
ACODE– Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment – www.acode.org
DENIVA- Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Association - www.deniva.or.ug
PELUM – Participatory Ecological Land Use Management – www.pelumrd.org
UNETMAC – Uganda Network on Toxic Free Malaria Control
NOGAMU organizes awareness campaigns of organic through both the print and electronic media such as NOGAMU Magazines, radio and Television talk shows, and by engaging in various strategic alliances/collaborations and periodic distribution of information to her membership and the general public.