Meet Our Team
Mr. Augustine Mwendya
Chief Executive Secretary / Director Agribusiness Development
Mr. Augustine Mwendya is an Agriculturist by profession with over 38 years experience of working in the agricultural sector in general. He worked as head of the UNFFE Secretariat for six years before he was assigned the duties of Director Agribusiness Development in 2004. He has been involved in training farmers in enterprise selection and development, agro-processing as well as linking them to markets. He has also played a significant role in representing the farming fraternity in national, regional and international fora. These include EAC and COMESA at regional level, CAADP at continental level and WTO and international level. In addition to his assignment at UNFFE, Mr. Mwendya chairs the Agricultural Chemicals Control Board under MAAIF..He holds a BSc. Degree (Hons) in Agriculture from Makerere University, Kampala (1974) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrated Rural Development obtained from Pan African Institute for Development, Buea, Cameroon, in 1982, with several Certificates in agricultural-related fields.
Policy Research and Advocacy Manager
Mr. Caleb Gumisiriza heads the policy research and advocacy department at UNFFE. He is a member of various committees like the agri-profocus advocacy thematic group, Ugandan team on the EPA negotiations and the chairperson of the UNADA National Advisory Council. He has spearheaded advocacy campaigns on developing agricultural finance strategy and development of district ordinaces in 7 districts. Caleb holds a Masters Degree in Management of development from Van Hall Larenstein University with a Bachelors Degree in Social Studies from Makerere University.
Mr. Vincent Ntege
Manager Monitoring and Evaluation
Mr. Vincent Ntege is an Economist and Environmentalist by training and a retired civil servant with experience spanning over 26 years in government planning work. In the ministry of Gender, Labour and Planning he worked as the Head of the Planning Unit. Later he joined UNFFE in 2004 as a mainstream officer for the Global Fund HIV/AIDs project and currently he is the manager Monitoring and Evaluation. Responsible for designing tools for collection of data, analysis and producing reports for projects. He is also project manager for the Financial services projects funded by We Effect, and the projects under this are SAAFSERFU, FSEYU, and previously FSPFCU. The focus of the three projects is to train rural farmers how to save and borrow money for enterprise development using a method known as Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) with over 240,000 farmers being beneficiaries.
Programs Manager/ Ag Agriculture Trade Show Manager
Peter trained as an Agricultural Economist at graduate and postgraduate levels with one year's experience working with farmers. He organises small holder farmers and UNFFE members and integrates them into various agricultural value chains. He is in charge of organising and managing the National Agricultural Trade Show as well as co-ordinating the agro-forestry program. He also co-ordinates UNFFE-NAADS activities.
Ms. Mangalita joined UNFFE in March 1997. She was re-designated to the post of administrative secretary in July 2000 to January 2012 when she was promoted to Administrator to-date. She is UNFFE's longest serving staff member, a feat she holds dear to her heart. She is in charge of daily administrative issues including supervision of support-staff.
Otebba Okodoi Cephas
Cephas offers guidance on the schedule of program implementation, spearheads collection of data through established M&E tools, analyses the data collected and its dissemination to facilitate decision making and learning at UNFFE. He has worked at a District Farmers Association for 6 years and has 7 years experience of farmers capacity building, agricultural policy analysis and advocacy. Currently he is part of the project management of USAID/UNFFE project to enhance capacity of farmers to effectively influence policies for agriculture development, climate change adaptations and youth and women engagement in agricultural entreprenuership.
She holds a degree in Commerce (Accounting) and is currently pursuing ACCA. She monitors the implementation of USAID project activities and evaluates their impact and outcomes to the beneficiaries in relation to the set objectives of the project.
Ayebare Prudence Aijuka (MRS)
Policy Research Assistant
I support the Policy Research, Lobby and advocacy Department in gathering, analyzing and disseminating information on advocacy issues to inform research, policy or media work. I provide input on research activities, proposal development processes and Organizing multi stakeholder meetings, workshop, exchange visits and make correspondences with facilitators, press and invitees. I support the process to form networks with various stakeholders such as development partners, NGOs, private sector, research organizations and academic institutions to mobilize their support on policy issues and actively participate and represent the organization in various networks and movements to share the organizations position on various issues.
Rebecca is a warm and caring person which makes her best suited for her role at UNFFE where she receives visitors and guests into UNFFE. She receives phone calls as well and performs other secretarial tasks as well.
Acio Dorah Rwego
Ms. Dorah provides leadership in the development of continous evaluation of short and long term financial objectives of the organisation. She directs and oversees all aspects of the finance and accounting function of the organisation.
Senior Assistant Accountant
Irene holds a Diploma in Business Studies (UDBS) and is currently pursuing ACCA. Irene has ten years experience as an accountant at UNFFE. Aside from putting UNFFE books of accounts in order, Irene enjoys farming.
Noelina is a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance degree holder from Kyambogo University. She is currently pursuing ACCA. She consolidates workplans and budgets of different departments in the organisation as well as preparing and presenting monthly project fincancial reports.
Ms. Winnifred Aponi
Volunteer Under Monitoring and Evaluation
Winnifred holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and Social Administration and has been volunteering under the Monitoring and Evaluation department. She participates in field work and recently worked on the Farmer's Voice project. She is currently pursuing a certificate in monitoring and evaluation and looks forward to more UNFFE projects.
M & E Officer
Coming from a development training course at University, Nelson has generated more interest in improving the livelihood of his community through feasible and realistic development interventions which need a great component of monitoring and evaluation. He has over time with USAID and UNFFE carried out project implementation and co-ordination such as Support For Farmer Organisation to Africa (SFOAP), Financial Services For Youths in Uganda (FSFYU). He carries out research and has been involved in planning at the Federation.
Volunteer Under Policy Research and Advocacy
As a graduate of Business computing from Uganda Christian University, Byabakama has been engaged as a volunteer under policy research and advocacy. He is engaged in field work to come up with reports and findings that help the organisation generate a conclusion as far as research is concerned. He is currently pursuing a Certified Public Accountancy course and looks forward to offering his best to the organisation activities and tasks.
Omara holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering Degree from Makerere University. He is in charge of maintenance and servicing of computers at UNFFE. He troubleshoots all computer related problems and ensures the smooth running of the ICT function of the organisation.