Enhancing Climate-Resilience of Agricultural Livelihoods (Education and Research to Improve Climate Change Adaptation- Uganda)
Though significant achievements have been realized in addressing climate change issues by NARO, IITA, and other actors in and outside Uganda, major challenges still exist in climate change proofing of agricultural systems for smallholder farmers. Specifically, there is need for:
- Agro-meteorological climate risk analyses to inform decision making,
- Integrated and well-packaged climate adaptation technologies, including novel technologies and practices,
- Exploring and using synergies and trade-offs for climate change adaptation at household and community level,
- The development of policy recommendations with key stakeholders at the national, community and farm level in order to create an enabling environment for wide-scale adoption of adaptation practices.
Decision-makers, including farmers, extension agencies, and local government leaders are currently poorly informed to make choices on crop type, variety, and planting time due to limited agro-meteorological climate risk analyses. Even in the case where risk analyses are available, they are often not appropriately packaged for use by end-users. The project will generate and share historical climate change trends, crop suitability maps, seasonal weather forecasts, moisture and temperature extremity studies to calibrate crop responses, and diverse climate datasets (incl. weather generators, satellite-derived data and global climate models). These efforts will facilitate incorporation of weather information in decision-making from farm to national level.
The overall goal of the project is to generate and promote technological and institutional interventions that contribute to building resilience of agricultural systems in minimum two and maximum four districts for improved livelihoods of smallholder farmers.