What We Do
- To enhance the capacities of SATNET’s, MOs and their trainers to effectively and efficiently deliver quality services to farming community
- Promote participatory research and utilization of research information
- Promote and enhance farmer driven agri-business initiatives
- To lobby and advocate for formulation and implementation of farmer friendly and realistic policies and government programmes
- Promote and strength cross cutting issues in SATNET’s in programmes
- Increase and strengthen information sharing, Networking, collaboration and partnership.
Activities carried out by SATNET
1. Capacity building.
– Baseline survey & data base creation for MOs, trainers register etc
– Organizational development – financial management system development, strategic planning, Monitoring & Evaluation systems.
– Supporting Member organizations to become Centers of excellence.
– Financial support to trainers for specialized courses in sustainable agriculture and Community Development.
– Deployment of community process facilitators to do routine mentoring and coaching of farmers in the farmer field schools
2. Research and technology transfer
– Research in Herbal and Local medicinal plant for example Artemisia tea therapy as cheap alternative for Malaria control.
– Research in sustainable organic pest and disease management and alternative crop species.
– Soil testing and weather prediction.
– Promoting Farmer-led agricultural research in Farmer Field Schools.
3. Lobbying and Advocacy
– Promoting farmer participation in government supported agriculture programmes like National Agriculture Advisory Services (NAADS), the Luwero – Rwenzori Development Programme and others.
– SATNET under takes lobbying and advocacy on policies that empower and improve farmers’ conditions. Example is the Maize Farmers advocacy aiming at protecting maize farmers from the neglect and adverse effects of price volatility in the maize sector.
– Campaign for NO to DDT whilst promoting alternatives to DDT for malaria control in Uganda and the Rwenzori region in particular. Various cheap, sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives to malaria control have been suggested.
For sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, the public understood and refused to the risks that Internal Residual Spray (IRS) using DDT will pose. At national level we are working with National Organic Movement of Uganda and other partners to protect the niche markets for organic products
4. Information, documentation and dissemination
– Alternatives to Malaria without DDT campaign materials,
– Translation of maize campaign materials into policy briefs in two local languages
– Radio programmes on Organic farming through NOGAMU)
– Reports and newsletters and posters
– Training technical guides
– Supporting Marketing initiatives at their different growth and variety of agriculture enterprises. Honey Processing /Alpine Honey Processing, Fruit juice processing and solar drying, wet processing of coffee, Cooperative & micro finance, Fruit Juice and wine making
6. Addressing Cross cutting issues by mainstreaming
With support from our partners, we have reached different levels in mainstreaming the following cross cutting issues;
– Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS –With support form Concern World Wide.
– Gender Mainstreaming.
– Mainstreaming Public health- Malaria control through promotion of alternatives to DDT.
– Mainstreaming Environmental conservation-Rwenzori mountains National park conservation: we work with local partners under – Global environment facility/SGP/UNDP