Beyond transition: Food security and agricultural rehabilitation in Northern Uganda

This research focuses on rural recovery processes in addressing food insecurity and agricultural service governance in post conflict North Uganda. We explore the interaction between local communities and humanitarian agencies attempts to address food insecurity. In addition, we analyse the everyday realities and politics of the interface of state and non-state actors in agricultural service governance. These events coincide with major reorganizations of the Ugandan state and efforts to ‘de-fragilise’ the north.

Dr Winnie Wairimu has successfully defended her thesis on June 20th, 2014.

We use an ethnographic - interactive methodology to undertake the research. Intensive ethnographic fieldwork (predominantly qualitative and quantitative methods) was undertaken between 2010 and 2012 in Pader district, Northern Uganda. Interactively, the research relationships and knowledge construction are co-produced, negotiated and shaped in practice with our partner,  ZOA – a Dutch NGO. This entailed ‘following’ their ongoing food security and livelihoods related interventions as well as case study households in the Acholi region.

Promotors: Dorothea Hilhorst, Maja Slingerland, and Ian Christoplos