Lawyers 4 Farmers (L4F) is a social justice enterprise for farmer’s rights discourse and legal initiatives. We are a group of women lawyers and social activists committed to informing, educating and empowering farmers on their legal rights cutting across all livelihood areas and economic empowerment. L4F offers public interest litigation services, conducts legal awareness trainings, and engages in policy level interventions, and public campaigns in order to benefit farmers with a focus on women’s access to justice.
At L4F, we believe that there needs to be a change in the status quo with; consistent increased government spending on agriculture, capacity building of small scale subsistence farmers to prepare them for commercial farming, financial institutions and insurance company support to farmers, trusted government agricultural institutions and a removal of legal barriers especially around land use that affect progress for women. We are driven by the vision of a world where farmers, in particular women, earn with dignity and generate wealth and value for their households. We work across religious and social divides to enable farmers start, structure and manage their farm businesses for increased productivity and long term profitability.
How We Got Started
While lawyers working with farmers is not very common in Uganda, that’s not the case for us because farmers are people in our lives. As farmers’ kids, we got hands on experience of life on the farm and the legal challenges faced thereon. The knowledge gap, structure and management of a farm make all the difference in profitability level of farm businesses. Working with our families to overcome their legal needs is what inspired us to grow a base of lawyers who understand and are responsive to the legal needs of farmers in Uganda.
Hellen Nakafu Mukasa
Co-founder/ Executive Director
Hellen is a skilled lawyer, innovator, and social justice entrepreneur with 8 years of practice in Uganda. She earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University, and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre in Kampala. As co-founder and Executive Director of Lawyers 4 Farmers, Hellen leads the team in implementation of its objectives whilst maintaining focus on delivery, both in terms of the mission, commitments and quality. She takes responsibility for the development and continued motivation of the team, fundraising activities as well as effective engagement with partners and stakeholders. Hellen enjoys focusing on areas of access to justice, inclusion of women, and youth, and Sustainable Development Goal 16 to ensure peace, justice and strong institutions.
Esther Mary Nalumansi
Esther is a graduate of Uganda Christian University (U.C.U), Mukono with a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre (LDC) and 8 years of legal practice. At Lawyers 4 Farmers, Esther is tasked with ensuring the smooth running of operations. She has harnessed the capacity to manage the technology justice innovation and the integration of solutions for the success of the programs. Esther’s flexibility, empathy and organization skills all play a part in her ability to integrate people from many disciplines into an effective team which is aimed at realizing the organization’s objectives and ultimately, it’s vision.
Habiba holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Uganda Christian University and is a candidate of a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre in Kampala. She has vast knowledge in domestic relations, and civil litigation and is passionate about promoting access to justice in communities especially for the most vulnerable members of a community.
Alex is an advocate with extensive knowledge and experience in litigation, land law, employment law, Investment, Asset Financing and Acquisition, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and corporate practice. He holds Bachelor of laws (LLB) degree with honors from Makerere University and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre. He provides corporate legal advisory services to start-ups, small and medium enterprises to ensure compliance with the law.