It is with deep sorrow that Slow Food Uganda mourns the untimely passing of its leaders Fatuma Kagoya, the Vice Chairperson of the Mt. Elgon Nyasaland Coffee Presidium, one of the strong Slow Food Coffee Presidia and Fr. Denis Iranya, who was a strong network coordinator in Adjumani district. Both Denis and Fatuma, who had been dedicated and passionate advocates for sustainable farming practices and the preservation of traditional food systems, passed away suddenly on the  12th January, 2024 and 31st January 2024 respectively. Their sudden departure has deeply impacted our network and the broader community.

Their contributions to Slow Food Uganda and their pivotal role within their communities have been truly commendable. Their leadership, vision, and dedication have been instrumental in advancing the values and goals of Slow Food Uganda.

Fatuma and Denis played a pivotal role in fostering community engagement, empowering local farmers, and promoting the production of high-quality, sustainable coffee. Their efforts were integral to the success and growth of the Slow Food Communities they come from, and their absence will be deeply felt by all those who had the privilege of working alongside them.

In the wake of this loss, Slow Food Uganda extends its deepest sympathies to Fr. Denis and Fatuma’s families, friends, and colleagues. We stand in solidarity with the Mt. Elgon community and the Slow Food Communities in Adjuman as we collectively grieve the loss of remarkable leaders, advocates, and friends. Fr. Denis and Fatuma’s legacy will continue to inspire us to uphold the principles of agroecology they so passionately championed.

As we mourn the passing of Fr. Denis Iranya and Fatuma Kagoya, we also celebrate the great impact they had on our lives and the enduring legacy they leave behind.

Rest in peace, Fr. Denis and Fatuma. You will be dearly missed.