In an effort to increase the resilience of rural populations and cope with climate change, The Hunger-Project Uganda co-launched a Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) project to increase the resilience of rural populations and agricultural production systems, as well as build the capacities of communities, commercial farmers and the Government of Uganda to confront climate change.
In partnership with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), The Hunger Project-Uganda received funding from the European Union and the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium to implement the project in the Kiboga district.
The project uses the Farmer Field School (FFS) approach, which was developed as an alternative to the conventional top-down approach and instead uses innovative and participatory methods to create a learning environment. Land users have the opportunity to learn for themselves about particular crop production problems, and ways to address them, through their own observation, discussion and participation in practical learning-by-doing field exercises.
To date, 52 FFSs with a total membership of 1,224 people (696 women and 528 men) have been established. Over 400 farmers from 20 Farmer Field Schools graduated after the 18-month long study and household-level adaptation process.
Through the support from FAO, The Hunger Project-Uganda organized a colorful farmer field day in Kiboga in early December 2014. The function was presided over by the area Member of Parliament / State Minister for Fisheries, Honorable Ruth Nankabirwa. Other dignitaries at the function included the local council, local leaders, the Commissioner of the Ministry of Agriculture and more.
Other activities for the day include a bi-monthly review brief presented by the FFS network chairperson and a showcase by 20 FFS of the climate-smart technologies learned throughout the 18 month-long study. Technologies displayed included: water harvesting pits, banana/legume intercrop, energy saving stoves. solar driers and more.
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Published April 2015