Smallholder Farmers' Local Practices Underpinning the Use of Agroforestry Technologies in Uganda's Mt. Elgon Region

  • Florence Birungi Kyazze Makerere University
  • Fred Kalanzi National Agricultural Research Organisation
  • Isaac Kiyingi National Agricultural Research Organisation
  • Esther Sebuliba Makerere University
Keywords: Local Knowledge, Practices, Case Study, Smallholder, Agroforestry Technology, Farm Productivity
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Mt. Elgon is a unique cross-border afro-montane ecosystem that has always provided vital essential goods and services for human livelihoods. However, with the increasing population density, forest degradation has become a significant issue, resulting in a rise in landslides, mudslides, pest and disease outbreaks, and reduced land productivity. Recently, it has been realized that many smallholder farmers have incorporated trees into their farming systems using indigenous knowledge. This indicates that smallholder farmers’ profound knowledge regarding tree use and management has reminded us that farmers have always been privy to much information regarding tree use and management accumulated over the years. This study aims to investigate how smallholder farmers' local practices enhance the use of agroforestry technologies in the eastern highlands of Uganda. This information will help develop and promote agroforestry practices that are acceptable to farmers. The study employed a case study approach, collecting data from 12 smallholder farmers over four months. The results indicate that smallholder farmers use local practices to enhance tree seedling survival, optimize space, and shorten the waiting time for tree-related benefits. Although some of their practices may not align with the desired outcome of farm productivity, further validation is needed to understand how they can be integrated into mainstream agroforestry research and development


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14 March, 2024
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Kyazze, F., Kalanzi, F., Kiyingi, I., & Sebuliba, E. (2024). Smallholder Farmers’ Local Practices Underpinning the Use of Agroforestry Technologies in Uganda’s Mt. Elgon Region. East African Journal of Forestry and Agroforestry, 7(1), 113-123.