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Saving Uganda’s Cattle Corridor

Content by: South-South News

14 November 2016, New York, USA | South-South News — The cattle corridor in central Uganda, a semi-arid area of the country - is currently on the front-line of the nation’s battle against climate change. Agriculture here is largely rain-fed and drought along with a lack of rainfall is making life unpredictable and increasingly difficult.

Ellyson Arinawe, a farmer in the Nakaseke District, said, “Our animals have to walk long distances to look for water and most of the cows end up dying. The pasture dries up and vanishes and we end up with areas without any vegetation at all.”

Now, a Global Climate Change Alliance initiative is bringing locals together in farmer field schools. Pastoralists are now growing drought resistant pastures so that they can continue to feed their cattle during dry seasons. And they’re encouraged to harvest water and store it in order to water their cattle and irrigate their crops. “Agricultural food security is a matter of life and death in Uganda. It’s about the survival of humanity,” said Chebet Maukut, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Focal Point in Kampala.

Eighty percent of the population of Uganda relies upon agriculture for its livelihood. Planning for climate change is essential and has the full backing of the government. The initiative is in six of Uganda’s 120 districts. Other parts of the country are learning from its successes and will be replicated and scaled-up across the country in the coming years.



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