The project is aimed at supporting smallholder farmers to adapt to climate change vagaries. Its a response to a recommendation by the Think Tank study on knowledge and adaptation in Uganda’s Rwenzori region (2010) where it found a number of key obstacles to effective adaptation by smallholder farmers.
Climate change has become the world’s most pressing development challenge; it is threatening mankind and his surroundings. In Africa, scientists have estimated between 75 and 250 million people being vulnerable and are projected to be exposed to increase in water stress, rain fed agriculture is likely to reduce by 50% in some regions and access to food may be severely compromised by 2020.
Climate change will further, disrupt: human and animal health, access to water, food security, fisheries and tourism. In many parts of the continent, small holder farmers are already experiencing prolonged droughts and or floods-and struggling to cope.
Smallholder Farmers in Uganda are particularly vulnerable to climate change. The ability for Small Holder Farmers in the Rwenzori region to cope with this change is undermined by a lack of knowledge, unsustainable farming practices and limited government funding support. This was observed in a a recent study by our Think Tank on knowledge and adaptation in Uganda’s Rwenzori region (2010) found a number of key obstacles to effective adaptation by smallholder farmers.