forestry in Uganda

Improving women’s participation in good forest governance in Uganda

Copyright: Fiston Wasanga/CIFOR

Despite the inclusion of gender aspects in Uganda’s Forestry Policy, effective participation of women in decision-making processes remains scarce. Currently, women have no access by right and no control over productive resources such as forests. Dedicated roadmaps designed to address this issue are yet to be implemented or enforced.


Wilson Koma- a representative of Kangulumira Clonal Nursery, one of the FAO/SPGS III certified nurseries displays seedlings at the FAO stall during the Show

The SPGS III Project took part in a national exhibition to highlight the contribution of various players in the agriculture and development sectors, as part of the 27th National Agriculture Show held from 13 -21 July 2019 in Jinja, eastern Uganda. The theme for this year’s show was “Agricultural Technology and Innovation for Farmer-led Agro Industrialization”; presenting the Project with an opportunity to interact with show-goers about innovations and good practice in commercial forestry and tree planting.

FAO/SPGS III support elevated me from a forest contractor to forest owner

Ssekidde tends a young tree in his plantation in Luwero District

Passionate, committed, entrepreneurial and visionary Gideon Ssekidde, 35, is a forest contractor with many years of experience, gained while working with the National Forestry Authority (NFA) and Planet Green World- a private forest contracting firm. After about six years he embarked on what could potentially be a long and lonely yet rewarding journey of establishing his own business. In 2017, he opened Green Belt Environmental Consult Limited, providing forest contracting services including mapping, planning, demarcation, plantation establishment and maintenance.