Our key achievements over the last two years include:
Empowering over 1950 farmers through disseminating basic legal information over SMS and whatsapp platforms
Policy intervention about the Income Tax Amendment Act of 2018 which introduced the 1% withholding tax on all agricultural produce
Successfully negotiated partnerships with; The Hague Institute for Innovations of Law (HiiL), Africa Agribusiness Academy
Conducting Legal awareness trainings for over 505 farmers in north and central regions of the country, particularly Dokolo, Lira, Kampala, Luwero and Rakai
Participating in the gender workshop on making next generation ACP agriculture work for women organized by Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Co-operation CTA, ACP-EU, in Wageningen, Netherlands
Participation in the Justice Entrepreneurship School as part of the HiiL Justice Accelerator program organized by The Hague Institute for Innovations of Law (HiiL) in the Hague.
Participation in the Pitch Agrihack 2018 within which we took part in the African Green Revolution Forum in Kigali Rwanda.
Lawyers 4 Farmers was a national nominee for the World Summit Awards, 2018 as the best digital solution under the category of Inclusion and Empowerement
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For less than €1, women farmers in Uganda are accessing legal advice via their mobile phones. The SMS service, driven by an all-female team under the leadership of Hellen Mukasa, helps women to realise and defend their rights, particularly in regards to land ownership.
Legal advice has reached 3,000 farmers in their local language in central and northern Uganda via an SMS service, launched in 2017. Lawyers 4 Farmers (L4F) provides farmers with better access to legal information, by offering guidance in response to any legal problem they encounter via SMS. The digital platform eliminates the need for farmers to travel to access legal services and improves farmers’ knowledge of their rights for less than €1 (the cost of sending an SMS). If necessary, the automated response system enables lawyers to arrange follow-up phone calls or meetings with farmers to ensure their issues are resolved
The Chief Justice of Uganda attending the Innovating Justice Forum 2017 at the Peace Palace in the Hague
The Chief Justice of Uganda together with L4F’s ED, Hellen Mukasa attending the Innovating Justice Forum 2017 at the Peace Palace in the Hague