Uganda is landlocked country located in East Africa with an area of 236,040 square kilometers (146,675 square miles) and a total land boundary of 2,698 kilometers (1,676 miles). It is a natural resource dependent country, and agriculture is dominated by small-holder farmers. Therefore, land is an essential asset for the population and national development. Consequently, government has turned its attention to law and policy reforms that address land-governance challenges, some of which emerge from historical injustices and the colonial legacy.
Post-colonial land reforms in Uganda leave many issues unresolved, while evictions, land conflicts and dispossession remain common
BONN, Germany (Landscape News) — Thanks to an initiative by the International Center for Forestry Research, (CIFOR) women in Uganda’s Lake Victoria Crescent are not only working to reforest degraded land but are also making significant strides toward greater gender equality.
According to Esther Mwangi, a principal scientist with Forests and Governance at CIFOR based in Nairobi, cultural norms prevent rural women from planting trees. Doing so is considered establishing a claim on the land, creating a challenge when it comes to reforestation.