Climate Change Programme

Climate change is a big challenge and threat to Uganda’s agricultural development. The weather is variable and unpredictable with frequent episode of unusual weather events such as floods, drought and hailstones. This programme seeks to develop and enhance community-based climate change adaptation initiatives and supportive policy measures that improve food security and health among rural communities in the arid and semi-arid regions of Africa. The current projects undertaken in this programme are:

  1. Strengthening the capacity of Institutions in Uganda to comply with the transparency requirements of the Paris agreement.

AfrII is working with the Ministry of Water and Environment (MOWE) on a project aimed at strengthening the capacity of institutions in Uganda to comply with the transparency requirements of the Paris agreement. The project focuses on three specific components;

  1. Establishing institutional arrangements for a robust national system for Green House Gas (GHG) emission inventories and MRV systems
  2. Building capacity of key stakeholders to collect, process and feed gender disaggregated data into the GHG emissions inventory system
  3. Testing and piloting an integrated system for collecting, processing, reporting, using and sharing gender disaggregated data and information generated from the system.

AfrII through its Vital Signs Project will take lead implementation of the CBIT project that will run for 1 year with funding from GEF through Conservation International (CI).

  1. Adaptation to the impact of climate change and variability

Funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC)-Canada, the project aims to develop and enhance community –based climate change adaptation initiatives and supportive policy measures that improve food security and health among rural communities in the cattle corridor of Uganda. The project aimed at achieving this through three objectives:

  • To characterize the resilience of agriculture based livelihoods
  • To determine the past and current trends of climate variability
  • To strengthen community based livelihoods resilience and adaptation capacities
  1. Securing Livelihoods in the cattle Corridor of Uganda

The impacts of stress factors (including climate change) on food security and livelihoods are of increasing concern especially in regions like the cattle corridor. AfrII received funding from the Rockefeller Foundation to address these challenges, especially in the districts of Nakasongola and Nakaseke districts. The Project objectives are:

  • To determine the livelihood-specific strategies and priorities of the communities
  • To introduce and promote functional and sustainable village level innovation platforms for promoting knowledge sharing
  • To pilot specific strategies and innovations for improved livelihoods of communities
  • To out-scale the promoting strategies and innovations
  1. Cassava and Sweet Potato in Enhancing Resilience to Climate Change

The uniqueness and value addition to overall research of this project is that no similar studies combining cassava and sweet potatoes were conducted. The overall objective of the study was therefore to examine the impacts of climate change and variability on cassava and sweet potato production in Nakaseke and Nakasongola districts of the Uganda cattle corridor.

The project assessed the importance and role of cassava and sweet potatoes in the farming communities of Nakaseke and Nakasongola districts;it then sought to understand how the importance and role have changed over the last decade including the underlying factors responsible for the change; and finally, it determined the impact of climate variability and change on cassava and sweet potato production by recommending best strategies to enhance resilience and adaptation to the changes.

  1. School and Community WoodLot Programme, Northern Uganda

AfrII received funding from Ashden Trust-UK to train primary school children, their teachers and parents in woodlot planting in Kole district, Northern Uganda. The project extended technical skills to these in raising tree seedlings, an essential tool for agroforestry inorder to tackle the challenges of lack of fuel food for cooking, poles for home construction and trees for soil conservation, since agricultural production is in earnest.

The objectives of the project were to;

  • Establish Eucalyptus hybrid woodlot and agroforestry plantation establishment in primary schools, churches and communities in the fice sub-counties of Kole district.
  • Establish and manage central nurseries for production of candlenut trees (Aleurites moluccana) seedlings and Eucalyptus hybrid cyclones in Kole district
  • Train the community in vegetative propagation of Eucalyptus hybrid cyclones using macro cuttings
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