The Enhancing food security, livelihoods and resilience building in Karamoja region project launched

24 Jun 2014

imageHon. Janet Museveni, the First Lady and Minister for Karamoja speaking during the project launch in Nakapiripirit, Karamoja. Looking on are the Japanese Ambassador, His Excellency Junzo Fujita and the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative Mrs. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie.

KARAMOJA - The Government of Uganda in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and the Government of Japan have launched the USD 900,000 Enhancing Food Security, Livelihoods and Resilience Building in Karamoja project.

The twelve month project is aimed at recovering livelihoods and building resilience in the drought prone Karamoja region districts of Nakapipirit and Amudat, which have not only suffered insecurity caused by a long culture of cattle raiding but also inconsistent rainfall patterns that do not encourage farming.

The project will focus on the rehabilitation and upgrading of water facilitates in the target districts, improving accessibility to clean water. This will bring water facilities close to the communities, saving women whose duty it is to fetch water, the burden of walking long distances to get it, hence making time for other economic activities.

In a region rich with cattle farming, the project will also carry out mass animal vaccinations. This will not only increase the trade in animals but will also limit the transfer of disease from animals to humans, building a healthy and resilient community empowered to carry out development activities.

Speaking during the launch, the UN Resident Coordinator and the Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie said that development is a necessary component for building resilience in any community and this is what this new project intended to achieve.

“Our goal in bringing this project to the people of Nakapiripirit and Amudat is to ensure equity, inclusiveness and environmental sustainability in the region, so that the country can grow as a whole,” she said.

She added that development is not possible without gender equality and emphasized that many of the beneficiaries of the project will be women.

Honourable Janet Museveni, the First Lady and Minister for Karamoja who was chief guest at the launch asked the districts local leaders to act as shepherds, guiding the local people on how to make good use of the benefits the project is bring particularly the mass vaccinations for animals and the cash for work opportunities.

“We need our local leaders to be shepherds and lead the community in ensuring that the improvements made by the project are owned and protected so that they can be used for a long time and working as a team we will continue to coordinate a comprehensive programme that enhances peace building and development,” she said.

She added that local leaders need to ensure that animals are taken for mass vaccinations so that the communities are able to benefit from them, the youth, who have given up cattle raiding should be encouraged to take on different livelihoods and they can make this transition through education and training by such projects.

The project is expected to benefit about 100,000 persons from 10 parishes in the districts of Nakapiripirit and Amudat with community resilience-building activities, climate adaptation projects, and new water facilities.

The Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, His Excellency Junzo Fujita emphasized Japan’s continued commitment to the development of Uganda saying that, “with this project Japan continues to work towards our goal of development and enhancing the livelihoods of the people of Uganda.”

The Office of the Prime Minister in partnership with the United Nations and the Government of Japan hope to use this project as a pilot that will eventually span across every district in the Karamoja Region.