FOOD SECURITY AND LIVELIHOOD
ADVANCING AGRICULTURAL INITIATIVES
BUSINESS START UPS
VILLAGE SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATIONS -VSLA
FOOD SECURITY FOR POST-CONFLICT RECOVERY
Northern Uganda was affected by a long period of LRA insurgency with little to no major agricultural activities taking place for decades. The communities were forced in the concentration camps and subjected to movement restrictions which affected economic and livelihood activities. The communities are however beginning to rebuild their lives through Agriculture, business start ups and access to credit.
Our priority is to support this move and advance socio-economic wellbeing of communities in the region.
Although we believe that food security in the region is the cornerstone to all economic recovery initiatives. There are however serious effects of climate change on the socio-economic activities of the communities in post conflict situation.
It is widely accepted that extreme weather events have been increasing and becoming more severe in recent years and that these risks are likely to increase in the future in large parts of Uganda.
Ugandan government estimates that the country will loose about US$470 million to food crops, cash crops and livestock as a whole, resulting from the 2010-11 drought .
This equates to about 16 percent of the total value of these items in GDP for 2011. For some agricultural products, the threat from droughts and floods appears to be more important than the threat from decreased yields and therefore this threat must be considered as a priority in terms of adaptation action.
Current and future increased risks from flooding and droughts are in areas of existing poverty and therefore these events have serious consequences for local economies and food security. This could greatly translate into low agricultural outputs and famine.
WHAT WE ARE DOING ABOUT THE SITUATION
VISO is championing climate change information gathering and management on variability and opportunities for adaptability to support agriculture in the region.
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