Consequently NADIFA Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with Ministry of Water and Environment is implementing Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change in Uganda – GCP/UGA/041/EC&BEL. The project aimed to strengthen the resilience of rural populations and agricultural production system in the central part of cattle corridor and build the capacities of communities, commercial farmers and the Government of Uganda to cope with climate change through participatory community based integrated watershed management. It is at least one year project running from February to April 2015.
Nakasongongola District Farmers Association has continued to work towards improving the resilience of agriculture production system through participatory community-based integrated watershed management. At the end of the project, NADIFA will have strengthened knowledge and capacities of watershed communities to cope with impacts of climate, and also support the improvement of resilience of watershed ecosystem in the targeted communities.
conducted a formative baseline assessment in order to obtain the bench marks necessary for the design of different high impact packages for the delivery of specific interventions for the project
This report reviews selected key Vote functions and programmes within the Agriculture Sector, based on approved plans and significance of budget allocations to the Votes. Attention is on large expenditure programmes with preference given to development expenditure, except in the a few cases where some recurrent costs are tracked.
Eleven programmes/projects in six out of the nine votes in the sector were monitored for semi- annual performance for FY 2016/17 namely: i) Agriculture Cluster Development Project ii) Improving Access and Use of Agricultural Equipment iii) National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS)/Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) iv) National Agricultural Genetic Resource Centre and Data Bank (NAGRC&DB) v) National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) vi) National Farmer Leadership Centre (NFLC)vii) Production and Marketing Grant (PMG) viii) The Potato Commercialisation Project ix) Uganda China South-South Project ix) Uganda Coffee Development Authority xi) Vegetable Oil Development Project (VODP2)
Save the Children in partnership with Nakasongola district have over the years carried out numerous activities in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), with the main aim of coming up with coping and mitigation against disasters that affect mainly the children but also the communities where they come from.
This culminated in the formulation of DRR action plans for Kanyonyi non-formal school, upon which our visit was intended to access progress of implementation of the agreed activities.
Agriculture particularly is vulnerable due to degradable soil quality and water scarcity. The major challenges of over grazing and soil degradation in dry lands, termites invasion and lack of capacity in extension services.
Water: Nakasongola is under significant water stress. Water is not used for irrigation and agriculture as it is already a major challenge to access water for domestic use during the dry season. Amongst the districts in Uganda where people have to move to longest distance to get water; 2-4km on average.
Environment: Soil degradation challenges due to termites, wild fires, adverse human activities and flooding
The Directorate of Fisheries Resources- Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, delegated the function of enforcement of fisheries management regulations to Uganda People’s Defence Forces –Marine (UPDF-Marines). Since then the team has been named “The Fisheries Protection Unit” (FPU). The FPU started its field operation in Nakasongola District on, 27th February, 2017. This was after an introductory meeting held on 23rd February, 2017 with the district leadership.(RDC, District Chairperson & CAO’s Office) The agreed position was that the enforcement activities take off concurrently with sensitisation on the new fisheries reforms.
The unpredictable weather patterns ranging from prolonged dry spells, erratic rains and at times heavy rains continue to contribute to the disasters faced by Nakasongola District. This to impacts negatively on the people’s livelihoods most outstandingly the children given their higher levels of vulnerability. Critical among the World Vision Children interventions in Nakasongola District is CCDRR. Recognizing this trend of events coupled with the limited knowledge in Disaster Risk Reduction with respect to children, World Vision in partnership with Nakasongola District Local Government through the District Disaster Management Committee organised a three days’ DRR workshop. The workshop focussed on key DRR concepts most importantly adaptation and mitigation for selected Sub county level stakeholders. The workshop approach involved a dialogue meeting and sessions for presentations and assessing performance based on the previously developed DRR Action plans per school
Reference is made to the above mentioned consultative meetings. The above meetings were carried out in the Sub counties of Kalungi, Kalongo, Nakitoma and Nabiswera in a bid to collect guiding data for the development process of the District DRR strategy. The consultative team included; the DPO/Sec. DDMC, the District planner, the DCDO, the DHI and One representative from World Vision.
Nakasongola District has a central location in Uganda. It has 8 Sub counties, 3 Town Councils, 59 parishes and 325 villages. During the 2014 national census, the district population stood at 181,863, with 92,957 males and 88,906 females (2014, NPHC). At a growth rate of 3.03%, the District population is currently estimated at 192,883 (2017). 86.4% (166,651) of this population live in rural areas while 13.6% (26,232) live in urban areas (that is, trading centers and small townships). The total number of households in the District is 36,526 with an average household size of 4.8
Almost the entire economy of the district is dependent on farming and fishing, with an estimated 83% of the population involved in crop and livestock farming. Because of its location in the semi-arid cattle corridor, Nakasongola is faced with numerous climate related challenges, particularly inadequate and erratic rains that periodically result in low crop and pasture production and productivity. Apart from climatic factors, the District is additionally vulnerable to food insecurity because of the poor water retention capacity of it sandy soils, degeneration of all cassava varieties due to Cassava Brown strik disease, declining soil fertility, collapse of the traditional food granary storage system, escalating natural resource degradation (i.e. trees for charcoal and fisheries resources), a high incidence crop destruction by vermin and livestock, land related conflicts, high poverty levels and inadequate involvement of youth in agriculture. There is also a population of 2100 internally displaced and migrant populations at Zengebe that are highly vulnerable. Of these about 1200 are children.
Nakasongola District borders with Masindi- West and North West, Luweero and Nakaseke in the South,Kayunga in the East ,Amolatar in the North east ,Apac in the North. It is located on latitudes 055N 1 40’N and Longitudes 31 55E and 3250E It covers an area of 3,424sq Km representing about 1.42% of the country’s total surface area. 321.6sq km is occupied by swamps (wetlands) and the lake. Nakasongola is generally a flat area topographically adulating between 3,400- 3,800ft above sea level. Much of the low-lying areas are drained by seasonal streams into Lake Kyoga in the North, and has tributaries to rivers Sezibwa in the East, Lugogo on the West, South west and south, and Kafu on the North Western. Source: Nakasongola LG DDP, 2011/12- 2015/16
This report was compiled and presented by NADIFA team(MAGADO RONALD, NAKAMYA SARAH, SEMBATYA TADEO, ANDAMA CHARLES and SEBINWAGI RONALD) in Mubende ON MONDAY 25/05/2015 AT PRIME ROSE HOTEL. It highlights participatory data collection, analysis and planning process of Mukanai community based integrated watershed
The Ministry of Water and Environment through joint agreement with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is implementing the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Project Component for “Better access of livestock and crops to water through water for production investments”. The GCCA project is funded by the European Union (EU). The project is being implemented in six “cattle Corridor” Districts of Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Luwero, Kiboga, Mubende and Sembabule..