Plot 13 Binayomba Road
off Luthuli Avenue
Interest in Forestry: central
The Uganda Agroforestry Development Network (UGADEN) is a Voluntary Non-Governmental Organization that brings together institutions and individuals engaged in agroforestry research, training, education and development activities in Uganda.
UGADEN was founded in 2001 by agroforestry stakeholders to facilitate the development of agroforestry in Uganda.
UGADEN's core business is promoting agroforestry. Agroforestry refers to Integrating useful trees in to crop and livestock productions systems to improve livelihood for recourse poor, smallholder farmers and to enhance and protect the environment.
Agroforestry Research and Development activities in Uganda were started in the late 1980’s by the Forestry Department now National Forestry Authority (NFA) in collaboration with CARE and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). After the establishment of the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) in 1992, agroforestry became one of the programmes under the Forestry Resources Research Institute (FORRI).
FORRI in collaboration with ICRAF, Makerere University-Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation and other partners have been spearheading agroforestry research and development activities in Uganda for the last 15 years. To date, several technologies have been developed, tested and validated under farmer conditions in various sites in Uganda, such as, the Kigezi Highlands and the Lake Victoria Crescent Region. Results from these sites have demonstrated the great potential of agroforestry to improve and sustain farm productivity, generate income, improve nutrition and food security and protect the environment.
Due to its increasing demand in many parts of the country, agroforestry was recognised in 2000 as one of the options for poverty eradication under the Plan for Modernisation of Agriculture (PMA) in the country. Agroforestry stakeholders in Uganda, therefore, established UGADEN in 2001 during the Second National Agroforestry Workshop to act as an engine for agroforestry development in the country