Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 799–812 | Cite as

From crisis to development: the policy and practice of agricultural service provision in northern Uganda

  • Winnie Wangari WairimuEmail author
  • Ian Christoplos
  • Dorothea Hilhorst


This paper critically evaluates the transition from crisis to development in northern Uganda from the perspective of agricultural service provision. It contributes to debates on how efforts to link relief to rehabilitation and development may bypass the underlying challenges in linking humanitarian aid to prevailing national development policies and structures. This paper is based on research into agricultural services undertaken in Pader district, northern Uganda, between 2010 and 2012. It studied the interplay between humanitarian interventions and the parallel development of the government’s agricultural departments and services in northern Uganda. The article brings out how Ugandan agricultural policies do not suit the post-conflict realities of northern Uganda. The evolving policies affect power relations and processes of inclusion and exclusion in northern Uganda. As a result, at the time that the government is ready to integrate northern Uganda into the mainstream development of agricultural policy, the gap between addressing humanitarian needs and development has become larger.


Northern Uganda Post conflict Agricultural services Humanitarian assistance Policy 





Associazione Volontari per il Servizio Internazionale


Consolidated Appeal Process


Cooperazione Internazionale


Agricultural Sector Development Strategy and Investment Plan


Extremely Vulnerable Individuals


Internally Displaced Persons


Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development


Lutheran World Federation


Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries


National Agricultural Advisory Services


Non-Governmental Organizations


Norwegian Refugee Council


Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs


Plan for Modernization of Agriculture


Ugandan Shillings


United Nations


Volunteer Efforts for Development Concerns


Village Savings and Loans Association


World Food Programme


Women and Rural Development Network



The research for this article was part of the IS academy on Human Security in Fragile States of Wageningen University. This particular research was funded by the Dutch aid agency-ZOA International under an interactive research arrangement. We are most grateful for this contribution. Wairimu would also like to thank Martin Ochan for his assistance during fieldwork. All usual disclaimers apply.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Winnie Wangari Wairimu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ian Christoplos
    • 2
  • Dorothea Hilhorst
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Diplomacy and International StudiesUniversity of NairobiNairobiKenya
  2. 2.Natural Resources and PovertyDanish Institute for International StudiesCopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.Special Chair Humanitarian Aid and ReconstructionWageningen UniversityWageningenNetherlands

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