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The Farmers' Dialogue has grown out of the commitment of working farmers' in many countries on all continents who have found a new purpose through Initiatives of Change.
They have been wrestling with the problems facing our planet. This is resulting in them being involved in many of the issues of their day, be it the European Union, developing the Dairy Industry in Asia, farming in Africa or developments in Eastern Europe.
Half the world sees farmers as a beleaguered minority, the other half as a huge majority struggling for a voice. Despite great differences of circumstance and climate, there is a common language between people who work the soil.
Since the early 90's we have seen the benefit of arranging what are known as Farmers' Dialogues'. These are aimed at creating a common purpose based on shared values for the soil, environment and family life.
Farmers’ Dialogue Uganda - mobilisation and public recognition
On Uganda's Independence Day, 9th October 2010, the Ugandan Farmers’ Dialogue team marched with both the International and the Ugandan Farmers’ Dialogue banners, in front of the President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and his guests during the celebrations. The team received many of calls of appreciation.
Responding to the Challenge of Feeding Africa
Two hundred and sixty-four participants from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Rwanda, DR. Congo, Sudan, Namibia, Austria, UK, and France attended the international farmers' dialogue in Kampala, Uganda, from May 5 - 9 2010. The topics included: background of Farmers’ Dialogue, Africa’s potential, the role of NGOs in food security, farming in educational institutions, climate change and its effects, empowering farmers, the importance of trees, energy-saving technologies, organic farming, the role of village saving and loan associations, marketing.
Official opening of the International Farmers' Dialogue Conference in Kampala
The International Farmers’ Dialogue Conference started on 5 May at Rest Gardens Training Center in Bweyogerere in the Eastern part of Kampala. In his welcome speech Jamil Ssebalu, President of Farmers’ Dialogue Africa, welcomed participants and introduced the theme of the conference Responding to the Challenge of feeding Africa.
Launch of the African Farmers’ Dialogue: Uganda November 2009
The founding members of the African Farmers’ Dialogue: Julius Khakula, George Kamau and Duncan Nduhiu, Kenya, Martin Simtenda and Juliana K Swai, Tanzania, Jamil Ssebalu, Andrew Mukhwana and Dorothy Tingu, Uganda, Jim Wigan, UK and Claude Bourdin, France were joined by 240 people from East Africa, Sudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo, for the official launch of the Constitution for the African Farmers’ Dialogue. This is phase one of a programme that began four years ago at a Farmers’ Dialogue in Panchgani, India.
Who we are: Initiatives of Change (IofC) is a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behaviour, starting with their own.
Purpose: We work to inspire, equip and connect people to address world needs, starting with themselves, in the areas of trustbuilding, ethical leadership and sustainable living.
Omnia Marzouk, President, IofC International
'Nothing lasting can be built without a desire by people to live differently and exemplify the changes they want to see in society.'