By Sarah Parkinson
Public Administration and Development Volume 29 Issue 2
Abstract: This article considers the way that farmers within a national agricultural advisory programme in Uganda were able to exert influence over that programme’s policy and practice. Although the literature has tended to focus on engagement within formal programme structures as a major mode of participation, the analysis of the NAADS case reveals that farmers were able to exert an important influence over programme policy through their roles as political constituents. The brokerage role of supportive programme staff also worked to allow farmers’ views to influence the programme, as did the collective weight of decisions commonly made by farmers, and to a lesser extent, the lobbying efforts of national NGOs.