This project is investigating the role of local level policies and plans in addressing climate change adaptation for small holder farmers. The study sites have experienced major climate change related impacts, with the Luwero region being mainly affected by droughts and the Mbale region facing changes in rainfall patterns that have contributed to major impacts including landslides. The persistent vulnerability of the smallholder farmers regardless of the existing national level policies that are aimed at addressing climate related impact raises questions on whether there are any local level responses and institutions to address climate change adaptation. The major objective of this study therefore was to assess the role of local level policies and institutions in addressing climate change adaptation for smallholder farmers.
The specific objectives were;
The study mainly used qualitative data collected through key informant interviews with policy makers, implementers and Focus group discussions with farmers. Some quantitative household survey data was also used to back up some arguments from the qualitative data. Policy and planning documents at district and sub county level were also reviewed to inform the researcher of the existing policy interventions at the district and lower local governments. The outcome of this research is hoped to inform better local level policy interventions for climate change adaptation that are easily translated into implementable actions to assist smallholder farmers in their adaptation efforts.