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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
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Northern Uganda Post conflict Agricultural services Humanitarian assistance Policy 

Abbreviations

ASB

Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund

AVSI

Associazione Volontari per il Servizio Internazionale

CAP

Consolidated Appeal Process

COOPI

Cooperazione Internazionale

DSIP

Agricultural Sector Development Strategy and Investment Plan

EVIs

Extremely Vulnerable Individuals

IDPs

Internally Displaced Persons

LRRD

Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development

LWF

Lutheran World Federation

MAAIF

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries

NAADS

National Agricultural Advisory Services

NGO

Non-Governmental Organizations

NRC

Norwegian Refugee Council

OCHA

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

PMA

Plan for Modernization of Agriculture

UGX

Ugandan Shillings

UN

United Nations

VEDCO

Volunteer Efforts for Development Concerns

VSLA

Village Savings and Loans Association

WFP

World Food Programme

WORUDET

Women and Rural Development Network

Notes

Acknowledgments

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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