AFIRD was founded in 1997 by a group of professionals who realized the need for an integrated approach to rural development and brought their experiences together to develop the country. It was registered as an NGO in 1998 under registration No: S 5914/2404 and Certificate No: 2222. It is authorized to operate in all parts of Uganda.
AFIRD has a fully furnished office in Nkoowe 13 miles along Kampala-Hoima road with a courtyard that serves as a seed multiplication facility and demonstration for small space farming.
AFIRD employs staff from diverse fields with qualifications ranging from Diplomas to degrees. These fields include Development Management, Agriculture and Veterinary Science.
AFIRD’s target group is the disadvantaged community members who include; small scale farmers, school communities, prisoners, the youth and the disabled.
Since 2000, AFIRD has implemented projects in the fields of sustainable Agriculture focusing on addressing food insecurity, low house hold income and environmental degradation. The organization has also played a part in the mitigation of cross cutting issues that affects agriculture. Currently, we are continuing with projects on Permaculture and Sustainable agriculture.
Sources of funding
AFIRD receives funds from local and international donors, member contributions and agricultural related consultancy services.
This is the Third strategic planning process undertaken by AFIRD. It takes into account the wealth of experience and lessons learned during the implementation of the two past five year strategic plans. The two principal goals to be achieved:
To strengthen the AFIRD program quality based on its competencies and comparative advantage so that it can make a significant and positive difference in the lives of the communities it serves.
To improve the management system so that both the program and people are responsive, effective, efficient and accountable to communities and stakeholders being served.
The planning process involved active participation of AFIRD staff, Board representatives, farmers and partners who collaborate with AFIRD to implement development projects. The key facilitator was Mr. John Wilson from Tudor Trust. It was informed by the experiences of the participants which included that from the MASIPAG network in Philippines. Prior to the planning; the Executive Director and Deputy Director had participated in a learning visit to the Philippines where concepts of farmer led development were shared.