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.
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.
The Activity is playing a facilitative role fostering collaboration with other institutions, such as the GoU Climate Change Department, local governments, and others to translate student research findings into simple, understandable, cost-effective and accurate guidance. Guidance resulting from Activity supported research and other relevant information and research results is being disseminated through appropriate channels to reach farmers and farmer organizations. Dissemination channels include: through the system of extension services at the district and sub-county levels, popular radio programs listened to by farmers, use and application of Information Communication Technologies (ICT), and through community agents (trusted community individuals). Other planned and ongoing dissemination efforts include regular editorials and articles on adaptation, student research findings, and resilience issues in key Ugandan newspapers and other media outlets.
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.
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College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University- Uganda. East Africa