Hamitech National Farmers (HNF) is the private sector, farmer-based, umbrella membership Non-governmental Organization (NGO) in Uganda which advocates for, lobbies and articulates farmers’ developmental issues and programs. Its activities reach grassroots farming communities in all corners of the country.
Enhance promotion of favorable policies and advocacy for farmers
Enhance farmer institutional development and capacity
Enhance agribusiness development, financing and resource mobilization
Improve natural resources management and agricultural productivity
Mainstream Gender and HIV/AIDS in all program activities
Improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations and support mechanisms at HNF
Acquire sufficient and sustainable resources for operations and growth at HNF.
The membership of HNF is made up of over 20 independent associations of farmers, agro-industrialists and agro-commodity dealers. Individual membership to these associations is over 100,000 people country-wide of whom about 40% are women. It is a constitutional requirement for all HNF member Associations to have at least one third of the leadership consisting of female leaders. The biggest batch of membership is made up of about 30 District Farmers Associations (DFAs) which are spread in the Northern, Eastern, Central and Western regions of Uganda, thus giving the Federation a uniquely national status and representation. Twelve (12) of those DFAs are headed by women as Chairpersons and several Vice-Chairpersons.
HNF is made up of the following organs
The National Farmers Council which is the supreme governing body of the Federation. The Council is constituted by 3 delegates per member organization which elects the National Executive Committee.
The National Executive Committee (NEC) which is the supreme leadership arm of the Federation which initiates policies which are approved by the Farmers’ Council for implementation by the Secretariat.
The Secretariat headed by a Chief Executive Secretary and assisted by a Deputy Chief Executive Secretary, Managers and support staff. These are entrusted with running the day-to-day activities of the Federation as approved by NEC and the Farmers’ Council.