• AFRICE work on indigenous food systems

    The women showcase interventions in promoting indigenous seed and food systems to avert food insecurity especially during adverse climate change effects. AFRICE with support from Newfield Foundation has been facilitating these interventions with the indigenous women small holder farmers of Buliisa Tulime hamu mbibo zikade in Buliisa district and the Banyabutumbi small holder farmers in Rukungiri district. https://youtu.be/G3duvOrWUl4


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  • AFRICE supports Banyabutumbi small holder farmers to promote indigenous Farming systems

    This project has been implemented with support from Newfield Foundation to promote indigenous seeds and food systems in Bwambara sub county Rukungiri district and Buliisa women farmers.This support was handy especially in averting covid-19 effects https://youtu.be/Z1DIMheE3iU


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  • AFRICE facilitates customary law ordinance of indigenous Bagungu people in Buliisa

    AFRICE facilitates customary law ordinance of indigenous Bagungu people in Buliisahttps://youtu.be/Y55JDgTpZFEMedia publication on the ordinance process in buliisahttps://youtu.be/u_JHrVBwk-Y In the last two years AFRICE with support from Gaia Foundation has facilitated Buliisa district Local Government to develop an ordinance to recognize the customary laws and sacred natural sites and territories of the indigenous Bagungu people, living near Lake Albert. By making the customary laws to protect these SNT&T, AFRICE is implementing several resolutions made by global and regional bodies (UN, IUCN and African commission) to recognize the intrinsic values of sacred natural sites.   The international recognition and protection of networks of these potent sites imbanded in the ancestral lands, has been supported by a growing body of international instruments and initiatives, with broad acknowledgement of indigenous and traditional communities as custodians of these sites, with customary laws to regulate human activity especially on key biodiversity areas. It is from this background that a growing number of tangible cases of reviving and asserting legal recognition for SNS&T, have emerged on the region (Benin, Kenya, Ethiopia and now Uganda), all of which provide useful precedents for regional recognition. Thanks to Gaia Foundation and other partners for walking an almost successful journey with the indigenous communities around the world.   In Uganda, AFRICE has been coordinating the Bagungu custodians in Buliisa district to revive their customary laws and governance systems for the recognition and protection of SNS and ancestral lands around Lake Albert. In 2019 the Bagungu custodians and women farmers of Buliisa successfully petitioned the district local government to recognize their customary laws and cultural governance systems to protect their ancestral lands and ecosystems. Subsequently in December 2019, the District council responded to their petition and passed a resolution to recognize the Bagungu customary laws. During this council session/sitting at Buliisa district headquarters, the councilors further resolved to have a district ordinance on customary laws of Bagungu.   This project therefore, is aimed at securing a district-level ordinance to uphold the Bagungu customary laws and exemplify how the Rights of Nature clause of Uganda’s National Environment Act can be implemented. The project also envisions to Protect the traditional knowledge &sacred places of Bunyoro Kingdom, in the face of rising threats to local communities, Wetlands, Waterfalls and one of Africa’s Great Lakes. Being the first of its kind in Uganda, this project is being co-implemented with ANERDE who together with Gaia Foundation have been leading the legal interpretation of the ordinance especially to the communities, custodians and Buliisa district leadership. AFRICE has been on ground to coordinate the Bagungu custodians and the Buliisa district leadership to revive their customary laws and governance systems for the recognition and protection of SNS and ancestral lands around Lake Albert.  


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  • The emergence of Earth Jurisprudence in Africa

    In this new article published by The Conscious Lawyer Magazine, Gaia’s Carlotta Byrne explores the emergence of Earth Jurisprudence in Africa, Gaia’s role in it, and the deep connections…


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  • Supporting traditional farming knowledge systems amongst small seed farmers in Uganda

    Because of increased industrial farming systems, many farmer households no longer have granaries which for centuries were traditional way of storing and preserving food to save people in times of food…


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  • Agroecology, the dying but age-old sustainable farming system

    Agroecology means an ecological approach to agriculture that views agricultural areas as ecosystems and in concerned with the ecological impact of agricultural practices. It is a science that is innovating on…


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  • The Banyabutumbi Small Scale farmers improve their soils and natural environment through traditional farming systems in Kikarara, Rukungiri District – Uganda.

    With the funding from the New Field Foundation (NFF) and the intervention of Africe, the Banyabutumbi Communities have gradually started to revive their traditional farming systems. They have retrieved the long-lost…


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  • A Weber presentation to the GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR RIGHTS OF NATURE (GARN)

    THEME: WATER IS LIFE; The sacredness of water as I have been…


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  • Indigenous Conservation Knowledge systems among the Baganda.

    Basing on the observation that traditional knowledge has widely been marginalised in environmental conservation approaches and practices today and that this partly because it is insufficiently documented and analysed, this…


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