USAID/Uganda Education and Research to Improve Climate Change Adaptation (ERRICA) Activity through technical support provided to MUCCRI has among other things achieved the following;
Since 2015, the activity successfully lobbies for the CBA11 to be hosted in Uganda. Under the theme; “harnessing natural Resources and ecosystems for Adaptation’ and this was achieved for, the CBA11 conference was held in Kampala on June 22nd -29th, 2017. And was jointly organizes by Makerere University, the Government of Uganda and IIED in partnership with development agencies and other non-state actors.
Youth boot camp training and internship is another way through which (ERRICA) Activity has supported the dissemination of Climate information. The youth boot camp training has helped focus the knowledge of university students around Climate Change and trained them on how to share that knowledge. Student have been trained to deliver Climate Change adaptation information to different audiences in their communities. Through this partnership with the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Education Department, (ERRICA) Activity has supported the dissemination of Climate information through student’s internships that build KCCA teachers and students to build knowledge and support the KCCA Climate Change action plan. This contributes to building a Climate resilient future for the city.
2 workshops on developing educational materials, teaching guides and aids for teachers and students for incorporation into the National Primary and Secondary School Curriculum have been held.
The Activity has supported MUCCRI to conduct short courses on: Climate Resilient Urban Development and Green Cities, Climate Change and Natural Resource Management: Climate Change and Sustainable Development: and Addressing Climate Change in Agricultural Development in which 160 private sector, district and central government officials, consultants and practitioners, have so-far been trained.
Several stakeholders such as district officials, farmers and agricultural inputs dealers have become Climate Change adaptation champions through being trained and provided with technical support including field exchange visits to learn from each other and from regional and the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) climate specialists. This network of climate champions bring knowledge to districts, communities, industries, and individuals. Most of these champions such as the Kazo Climate Change Village (KCCV) in Mubende District and the Jorumat Climate Smart Agriculture Farm and Demonstration Site in Masaka district have started climate change initiatives within their own communities.
Between 2016 and 2017, MUCCRI conducted a research needs assessment aimed at developing a research agenda to enhance action research on Climate Change adaptation in the agricultural sector. The assessment identified key research gaps and needs that could be addressed to promote climate resilient agriculture in Uganda. Many organizations have requested for the periodic summaries of new research results to share with their farmers. This has moved farmer-based research findings from scientists. The activity is supporting two PhD students and 5 masters’ students, one of whom has completed and is awaiting graduation in 2018. Seven of the 10 undergraduate students supported to conduct climate related research have graduated, while the last three are writing their final dissertations.