Campaign Advocacy and Lobbying (CAL)
The Overall goal of the CAL programme is to strengthen the PELUM-Kenya organizations’ involvement in campaign, advocacy and lobbying so as to grasp the collective opportunities available in the network through the power of synergy to stand up against policies and practices that oppress the small scale farmers.
It also facilitate information sharing in ecological land use management Specific objective of the CAL Programme
- To provide members and partners with a forum for effective exchange of development ideas information and opportunity to create reliable linkages
- To generate and identify appropriate technologies with member organizations partners and communities to enable them make informed decisions on use of technologies that embrace ecological land use management practices.
- Use the information, facts and figures to advocate and campaign for favorable legislation for local communities to realize their full potential for land use management
- Enhance member organizations participation in upcoming debates concerning issues that affect small scale farmers and pastoralists’ e.g. climate change, Agro fuels and AGRA
The main projects under CAL
SUSALI II Programme
SUSALI II Programme has been ongoing since 2007 and one of its objectives is to campaign, advocate and lobby on Genetic engineering concerns in Kenya to achieve below outputs:
- Stronger, better informed, increased involvement and participation of small scale farmers, consumers, policy makers, legislators and the general public articulating and lobbying issues around GE/GMOs
- A Biosafety legal framework that encompasses all the concerns of producers, consumers, and general citizenry; and is in line with the African Union Model law on Biosafety by 2009
- Emergence of strong seed security systems so that small holder farmers in different zones in Kenya declared their areas as seed diverse and GE free zones.
PELUM-Kenya has been actively participating in raising community awareness on issues of agro fuels. A Study on the Kenyan situation was carried out as a way to establish the extent of agro fuels adoption, promoters and the existing effects to the small scale farmers (by PELUM-Kenya. This will enable communities within Kenya to make informed choices on whether or not and the scale to which they can adopt the agro fuels. They will also be in a position to influence agro fuels policy drafting ensuring they make known their concerns to the policy makers.
In the wake of reality that climate has changed and that some of the changes may be irreversible, PELUM-Kenya continues to raise the level of knowledge of its member organizations on aspects of adaptation and mitigation. Plans have been drawn so as to encompass activities geared towards community’s participation in alleviating the negative effects of climate change such as massive tree planting around water catchment areas, use of energy saving technology, water harvesting techniques among others. PELUM Kenya has also developed networks with other likeminded development partners to explore the skills, techniques and other resources available for a massive counter reaction towards the bloating climate change complexities.
THE NO PATENT ON LIFE (NPOL) INITIATIVE
This is an Initiative in the three East African Countries (Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania) and Ethiopia. It aims at setting into action grassroots farmer organizations and key stakeholders in protecting their heritage, their culture, their knowledge and their rights towards food security, seed saving and improved livelihood. Each of the Countries has organized and held a workshop where the concept of NPOL issues were introduced in the Eastern Africa countries.
SLOW TRADE AND EPAs
PELUM KENYA has continued to support its members and stakeholders working in the areas of trade. In a CAL workshop held in Malindi in February 2007, PELUM -members appointed Resource Oriented Development Initiatives (RODI) Kenya to spearhead the EPAs campaign on behalf of the members. The approach is to enhance awareness among the farmers and their institutions in Africa so that they can work towards merging into one sub regional block equivalent to the ones in Europe and America for greater influence.
- Production of a manual for educating the grass roots communities n GMOs and on how they can establish GMO free zones.
- Towards seed security and seed diverse GMO free zones-workshops and exposure trips as well as establishing of sustainable seed banks
- Trip to areas with strong seed systems in other continents
- A newspaper article on GMOs and GMO free zones.
- Airing of documentary on GMOs.
- Workshop and information sharing forums on climate change