Enhancing Adaptation to Climate Smart Agriculture Practices in the farming systems of Uganda
What is the Project about?
Agriculture has to address three intertwined challenges; ensuring food security through increased productivity and income, adapting to climate change and contributing to climate change mitigation. It is precisely for this reason that this project was developed as a way forward for food security in a changing climate environment.
The overall objective of the project is to increase the productivity of land through sustainable land management of soil and water resources. The project, which is a scale up of previous sustainable land management projects will also focus on building capacities of farmers and extension officers at local government level in an effort to build a climate change resilient society. It will specifically increase on the numbers of farmers using Climate Smart Agricultural practises, putting in place measures to improve input supply and produce markets and economic sustainability for farmers using Climate Smart Agricultural Practises.
It will benefit farmers and local government technical staff in the five targeted districts. Suppliers of farm inputs, Civil Society Organisations who work in the agricultural sector and researchers will also benefit from the successes of this project.
The project will mostly focus two sub-counties in five districts in Eastern Uganda, where land productivity is decreasing at a fast rate due to the high population and poor farming methods. The five districts include; Namutumba, Bugiri, Budaka, Busia and Buyende. It will will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries in collaboration with the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), Ministry of Water and Environment, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives and the Local Government Staff in the participating districts.
The project’s main objectives will be to increase land productivity through sustainable land management of soil and water resources. Build capacities of farmers and extension officers at local government level in an effort to build a climate change resilient society and generally increase the number of farmers using Climate Smart Agricultural practises, more specifically, the project will focus on the following outputs;
- Increase the number of farmers using climate smart agricultural practises in the five targeted districts from to 6500 from 3500 with 15,000 hectares owned by the farmers utilised for this. Additionally, the farmers are expected to have planted at least 500,000 agro forestry trees within their gardens by the end of the project.
- Establish Climate Smart gardens in at least 30 schools and training the teachers and students on their management.
- Put in place measures to improve agricultural inputs supply and produce markets to increase economic sustainability which will help farmers to develop climate smart agricultural enterprises.
- Develop and put in place a monitoring and evaluation system for Climate Smart Agricultural technologies.
Who finances it?
The 18 month UNDP-Common Market for East and Southern (COMESA) project is funded to a tune of 740,000 USD from a consortium of donors including European Union, Department of International Development – UK, Government of Norway.