Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Association is a network of Civil Society Organizations / NGOs working with Small-scale farmers in East, central and Southern Africa. The Association membership has grown from 25 pioneer members (in 1995) to over 250 members in 2014. PELUM- Kenya is the Kenyan country chapter of the PELUM Association and has a membership of 44 member organizations.
PELUM Association operates in 10 countries of East, Central and Southern Africa:
a. Eastern Africa Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda;
b. Central Africa Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi;
c. Southern Africa South Africa, Lesotho and Botswana
Empowered and prosperous communities deriving their livelihoods from sustainable land use.
To promote participatory ecological land use management practices for improved livelihoods among smallholder farmers in Kenya.
The members in a country are called the Country Working Group. Presently PELUM-Kenya has 44 members of its CWG in 19 out of 47 counties in Kenya.
This is an advisory / governance body of PELUM at the Country level. PELUM-Kenya has a National Board of 8 including the Country Coordinator, who is the Secretary to the Boards and is also non-voting.
This is where the activities of PELUM Association are coordinated at the Country level. The Country Secretariat for PELUM in Kenya is based in Thika. The head of the Country Secretariat is called a Country Coordinator and is also the CEO for PELUM Association in that Country. Presently PELUM-Kenya Country Secretariat (Office) has 13 full time staff members.
This is where the activities of PELUM Association are coordinated at the regional level. The head of the Regional Secretariat is called a Secretary General. PELUM regional Secretariat is located in Lusaka, Zambia.
The Country Board Chairpersons of the countries where PELUM-Kenya is operating make up the regional Board. They Country Board Chairpersons are also the Country Representatives for their respective Countries.
This is the highest body of PELUM and meetings after every three years. The first TGM was held for PELUM was held in Kabwe, Zambia. The most recent TGM was held in Morogoro, Tanzania in 2008 and the last one was held in Lesotho in 2011.