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Strengthening Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) and coordination in Karamoja

Strengthening Drought Early Warning Systems (DEWS) and Coordination in Karamoja” is a 3 and half month project funded by FAO that starts on the 8th December 2016 , and ends on the 30th of March 2017. Karamoja is located on the Ugandan border with Kenya, and has 7 districts, with a population of about 1.37million. The region is extremely vulnerable to climate shocks, and currently displays the worst development indicators of any region in Uganda (literacy levels as low at 12% in some districts, and malnutrition around 10%). The project aims at strengthening the resilience of agro pastoral communities and the local government to reduce impacts of climate on livelihoods. Its organized around two key results (:1) improved strategic planning and response to climate risks and (2)strengthened adaptive capacities of agro-pastoral communities and the district local government to reduce climate risks. The agreement aims to strengthen the capacity of local and national government in managing and coordinating the DEWS using the expertise gained by ACTED under previous phases of the project. The DEWS aims to provide communities as well as district government departments and development partners, timely warning on the risk of drought to help initiate the implementation of drought preparedness measures.