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Enhancing climate sensitive livelihoods

ACTED in Uganda is committed to supporting the development of climate-sensitive livelihood activities, with a primary focus on agricultural activities throughout the Karamoja region and Northern Uganda. ACTED seeks to harness agriculture as a sustainable income generating activity for vulnerable communities in rural areas. The ACTED Uganda team supports communities to build resilience to climate shocks and stresses through drought early warning information disseminated at community level, while supporting farmers to maximise income from agricultural production. The mission is also using this expertise to build partnerships with social enterprises in both the agricultural value chain and renewable energy spheres

ACTED works primarily in Karamoja, in the North East of the country. Karamoja lags behind the rest of the country in almost all development indicators. Cattle herding and agriculture are the primarily livelihoods in the region, with most households relying on these activities for survival. However, climatic shocks and stresses, and limited access to affordable value addition services, hinders their access to sustainable incomes. ACTED supports these households by making accurate climate information available to farmers, simultaneously building their agricultural production capacity and market access. ACTED also engages with the private sector to offer affordable agricultural value addition services, by harnessing the cost-saving power of renewable energy.

Enhancing resilience through climate sensing and community engagement

Karamoja is more heavily affected by drought than any other region in Uganda. The region suffers from severe environmental degradation, weak basic social service delivery, low productivity and poor health and sanitation infrastructure. As a result, the population of this region remains highly vulnerable to unfavourable climate conditions. ACTED’s Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) was first trialled on a small scale in 2009, and has developed over the last eight years to encompass the whole of Karamoja. The DEWS is used as an early warning mechanism for droughts, combining information from the Uganda National Meteorological Authority, with primary vulnerability data, to provide comprehensive information to both communities and development partners.

Agricultural livelihood support through improved technology

Decreasing food waste by reducing the post-harvest losses of smallholder farmers is a vital step towards meeting the world’s growing food needs. The Uganda team supports farmers in Karamoja to reduce their post-harvest losses through targeted training and distribution of specially designed storage solutions. The new technology has been shown to allow farmers to retain 98% of their harvest; significantly more than traditional storage techniques, which are estimated to retain only 40-50% of the harvest. This approach supports ACTED’s strategic goal of improving the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers, and making food more affordable and consistently available for poor households, leading to an overall increase in food security in Uganda

 

Partners in 2016 :

 

Danish Church Aid, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO), IMPACT Initiatives, Institute for International Co-operation and Development (C&D), OXFAM, World Food Programme (WFP)

 

 

 

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