December 12, 2016, The Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA) in partnership with U.S. Agency for International Development organized a public dialogue on the Uganda National Climate Change Policy that brought together over 200 stakeholders drawn from DENIVA membership, U.S. Agency for International Development, local farmers, civil society actors, local government officials , national policy makers from Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries, Ministry of Water and Environment, Parliamentary Forum for Climate Change, Parliamentary Forum for Natural Resources, Parliamentary Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, the private sector, academia,  women and youth  from Kasese, Kamwenge, Ibanda, Kamuli, Mayuge and Jinja districts.

The main objective of the public dialogue was to provide stakeholders space to give critical feedback to the policy makers on community realities versus policy practice on climate change adaptation in Uganda. The guest of honor at the event was the Rt. Hon.Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda who was represented by Hon.Sam Cheptoris, Minister of Water and Environment.

The dialogue further provided a real opportunity to DENIVA partners to celebrate successes, innovations, achievements, and gains made by local farmers in climate change adaptation in agriculture and share experiences and learning to set inclusively the path forward for climate change adaptation in agriculture.

The public dialogue provided space for farmers to share their experiences on adaptation, provide feedback on what works and has not worked and made recommendations on what should be done differently to improve climate change adaptation programs in Uganda. The dialogue also provided opportunity for private sector to show case simple rural based water for production technologies and gave feedback on the obstacles they face in advancing these technologies to the local farmers.

The policy dialogue marked the climax of a two-year Activity being supported by U.S. Agency for International Development titled, “Improving Local Stakeholders Readiness to Adapt to Climate Change in Agriculture”.

The Activity aimed at making development shifts in three key areas;

  • Increase farmers’ knowledge and understanding of climate change effects and opportunities;
  • Increase local government decision makers’ understanding of climate change adaptation planning; and
  • Increase local private sector’ readiness to respond to climate change adaptation opportunities at community level.

DENIVA awareness activities focused on mobilizing, organizing, training and empowering the local stakeholders to reflect on the impacts of climate change using the Neighborhood Assembly model in six districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Ibanda, Kamuli, Mayuge and Jinja.

The Activity has recorded innovations unique to each district that became game changers in readying the local stakeholders to adapt to climate change adaptation in agriculture. The end result has been:

  • A critical mass of8,786 farmersthat has understood climate change adaptation in agriculture and gone further to make informed decisions to adapt to climate change.
  • 4,559 farmersare implementing risk reducing practices. Emerging adaptation initiatives as off shoots include innovations, improved seeds, mulching, irrigation, climate change champions, policy change at local government level and a recognition by local leaders especially sub counties to allocate some resource towards district climate change priorities.

Strengthened linkages between farmers, agro-input dealers and with district Natural Resources Departments.

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