April 10, 2012

THE FIRST EAST AFRICAN LANDCARE MASTER CLASS TAKES FOOT IN UGANDA

In support of the African Landcare Network, East African Regional Offices of World Agroforestry Centre hosted the first East African Landcare Master Class from 19th to the 23rd March in Mbale Uganda. This site was chosen to showcase the work of an innovative Landcare platform, the Kapchorwa District Landcare chapter (KADLACC). The aim of the class was to bring together current and potential landcare practitioners from across East Africa to strengthen the network, to further link research with development and to provide a unique learning opportunity for the participants. Up to 30 participants from 6 different countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Malawi participated in the training. From a diversity of backgrounds including country landcare chapters, staff from ministries and boards of agriculture and natural resource management, major networks and NGOs gathered to engage in building landcare programs, share landcare skills and knowledge and participate in activities to further develop the network.

The master class covered several topics including the principles of landcare, landcare capacity building strategies, the importance of the landcare facilitators, gender issues, working with diversity and building landcare networks. In addition, participants considered ways of fostering landcare partnerships between government, non-governmental agencies, civil society, communities, and the business sector and farmer groups.


Landcare is community based natural resource management involving partnerships between governments, NGOs and communities. For more information about landcare, visit http://www.worldagroforestry.org/projects/landcare/


A second Landcare Master Class is planned for September to be hosted by the South Africa Landcare and supported by the African Landcare Network.

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