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Since independence, Uganda has experienced great change and turmoil. Its citizens have weathered volatile regimes and violent conflict from those seeking power. Starting in the mid-1990s Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army began to sweep through villages in the Northern region of the country, displacing millions of largely smallholder farmers.

Today, most farming families affected by this conflict have returned to their land, but much productivity and knowledge of appropriate farming methods has been lost. Our Forest Garden projects in this region provide much-needed training on how to maximize yields of diverse food and cash crops in a sustainable manner that will help farmers to retain soil nutrients and water resources.


About Uganda



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Meet the Uganda Team

Richard Ssali Kaggwa

Lead Technician - Lira
Richard is one of TREES’ longest staff in East Africa, since 2011. He is very driven, meets goals and adheres to deadlines consistently and has therefore been a team builder and mentor for other TREES staff.He holds a bachelors in Information Technology and taught secondary school for many years.

He has also been involved with youth in Uganda as a member of International Scout and Guide Fellowship, serving as Secretary for the Africa Regional Committee. He has also been a member of the Technical Committee of Uganda Badminton Association, handling the IT section running their tournament planner software for whenever there are international and national matches. Richard is has volunteered with the Uganda Red Cross Society as First Aider, and is a Community Drug Distributor.

Ibrahim Ocira

Lead Technician - Kole
Ibrahim has 6 years of experience in community development and agroforestry practice in Uganda. He has also volunteered working with local government and the scout’s movement. He has a diploma in social work social administration.

Ivan Tumuhimbise

Country Coordinator - Uganda
Ivan has a 20 years’ experience in agricultural and rural development where most of his working life has focused on community conservation, livelihoods and markets across East Africa. He has two masters’ degrees; one in Agricultural/Rural development, another in Management science in addition to a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural economics. He also has a post graduate diploma in Financial management.

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