The Civic Engagement Alliance, in collaboration with Wageningen University and Research, conducted a pilot to understand how power dynamics play a role in the food systems in Abim, Soroti, and Lira districts in Uganda, and to identify strategies (leverage points) to deal with power relations in food systems transitions.
In doing this, we also assessed the applicability of a food systems power tool developed by Wageningen University and Research. This tool combines a food system approach with a power scan, which can also assist in increasing the understanding of how power dynamics play a role in preserving inequalities and the status quo within food systems. It furthermore helps identify which forms of power can be influenced to improve the situation of marginalized groups within the system.
This pilot project is developed as part of the Civic Engagement Alliance (CEA) programme. CEA was a joint initiative (2016 – 2020) between 11 Dutch Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working together with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the South. The CEA programme was funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of The Netherlands. The Alliance advocated for inclusive development and aimed to strengthen the position of excluded groups. In this light, the CEA, in collaboration with Wageningen University and Research, worked to assess the applicability of a new tool developed by them, which combines a food system approach (FSA) with a power scan. The tool will assist in the understanding of how power dynamics play a role in food systems’ transformation to more sustainable and inclusive paths in the districts of Abim, Lira, and Soroti in Uganda.
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