Climate change impacts to agriculture in Uganda’s semi arid areas, farmers’ means of adaptation: An application of cross-section data

The most climate change prone communities in Uganda are those living in semi arid areas of Karamoja and parts of Teso where droughts have been most frequent and most prolonged. In Karamoja alone, during the last decade more than 10 severe droughts have occurred indicating a > 50% rise. There are no known studies that have quantified the economic impacts of climate change particularly to agriculture in these areas of Uganda and the country at large. This study will use crosssectional data to quantify the climate change impacts to farming in Uganda’s semi arid areas of Karamoja and parts of Teso, as well as to determine farmers’ choice of climate adaptation mechanisms. Results will enhance policy formulation and decision-making in terms of climate adaptation and mitigation strategies in Uganda and eastern Africa region.
La plupart de communautés prédisposées au changement climatique en Ouganda sont celles-là vivant dans les régions semi-arides de Karamoja et les parties de Teso où les sécheresses ont été les plus fréquentes et les plus prolongées. Seule la zone de Karamoja a connu, pendant la dernière décennie, plus de 10 sécheresses graves indiquant une élévation de plus de 50%. Il n’y a aucune étude connue qui a mesuré les impacts économiques du changement de climat sur l’agriculture de ces régions de l’Ouganda en particulier et celle du pays en général. Cette étude emploiera des données en coupe transversale pour mesurer les impacts de changement de climat sur l’agriculture dans les régions semi-arides de Karamoja et les parties de Teso en Ouganda, aussi bien pour déterminer le choix des fermiers sur les mécanismes d’adaptation au climat. Les résultats susciteront la formulation de politique et la prise de décision en terme de stratégies d’adaptation et d’atténuation de climat en Ouganda et dans la région orientale de l’Afrique.
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"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme climate change".