Jonathan Byaruhanga, a resident of Kakindo, said "I will cultivate 2.5 hectare of maize and I will adopt sustainable practices". Jonathan is one of the leading model farmers with UEAF-Uganda and has led a demonstration garden with 35 farmers. Jonathan is convinced of the performance of on-farm climate change adaptation technologies, "These practices are of low cost yet yield higher returns. I have mulch materials and a lot of farm yard manure from my livestock, I can do this on a large scale." Way to go Jonathan. Sustaining his family and earning a livelihood!
By Alex Zizinga Having previously worked in the Kiha area of Uganda, we had knowledge of the ways of life of these communities. Village meetings at the grass root centres were convened using respected local leaders and community mobilizers to introduce the project "Promoting Community Resilience to Climate Change Impacts in Kiiha Watershed" in the Albertine Rift. During the meeting, the purpose of the project was introduced and brainstorming sessions were conducted to select sites where we could set up communal demonstration gardens. The National Agriculture Organisation (NARO) working in the respective region participated as a strategic stakeholder to guide and participate in the implementation of the activity. The project purpose is to: 1. Promote awareness on low cost and effective on- farm climate change adaptation practices; 2. Offer on-farm basic climate change adaptation practices trainings to the local farmers in Kiha grassroots; 3. Facilitate local grass root groups to integrate climate change adaptation and responsibility into their farm operations for improved livelihoods. What happened next? Read it in the next blog post.