Gender dimensions of climate change adaptation and mitigation by smallholder farmers in Uganda

Climate change is now recognized as serious with long term negative effects on agricultural productivity, and hence on the well-being of communities especially in Africa. Farmers have experienced climate change effects and have tried to mitigate these effects by adapting new/different production practices. This study has been set up to better understanding farmers’ interpretation of the climate change concept and to learn from their adaptation strategies. A study has been initiated in two diverse agro-ecologies in Uganda for this purpose. Results will aid policy makers to better focus mitigation measures to wider areas by taking advantage of farmers’ proven interventions.
Le changement climatique est désormais reconnu comme sérieux suite aux effets négatifs à long terme sur la productivité agricole et, partant, sur le bien-être des communautés, particulièrement en Afrique. Les agriculteurs ont éprouvé des effets du changement climatique et ont tenté d’atténuer ces effets par l’adaptation de nouvelles / différentes pratiques de production. Cette étude a été mise en place pour mieux comprendre l’interprétation des agriculteurs de la notion de changement climatique et pour s’informer à partir de leurs stratégies d’adaptation. A cet effet, une étude a été lancée dans deux différentes agro-écologies en Ouganda. Les résultats vont permettre aux décideurs de mieux cibler les mesures d’atténuation pour des zones plus vastes en profitant des interventions des agriculteurs experimentés.
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East Africa
RUFORUM Conferences and Workshops
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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 of climate change".