The Effect of Climate Variability and Change on Forage Availability and Productivity in Uganda’s Cattle Corridor: A Case Study of Karamoja Sub-Region

This study seeks to explore the influence climate variability and change has on forage availability and productivity in Karamoja region of North Eastern Uganda. It will determine forage availability and factors influencing its productivity. It will also establish the relationship between forage availability and livestock population dynamics including; state variables, demographic rates, synthetic demographic rates and the global demographic indicators. The study will also project forage availability in the context of a changing climate for the period 2020-2050. Cross-sectional data, remote sensing and GIS as well biomass assessments through clipping will be used in this study. This study will contribute to livestock early warning systems (LEWS) initiatives and help in the design of appropriate interventions in livestock production, sustainable management of natural resources that support livestock production and as well as contribute to rangeland health monitoring.
Cette étude vise à explorer l’influence du changement climatique et de sa variabilité sur la disponibilité du fourrage et sa productivité dans la région de Karamoja, au Nord-Est de l’Ouganda. Elle permettra de déterminer la disponibilité du fourrage et les facteurs qui influent sur sa productivité. Elle permettra également d’établir la relation entre la disponibilité du fourrage et la dynamique des populations de bétail, incluant les variables d’état, les taux démographiques, les taux synthétiques démographiques et les indicateurs démographiques globaux. L’étude permettra également de projeter la disponibilité du fourrage dans le contexte du changement climatique pour la période 2020-2050. Les données transversales, la télédétection et le SIG aussi bien les évaluations de la biomasse par écrêtage seront utilisés dans cette étude. Cette étude contribuera aux initiatives des systèmes d’alerte précoce du bétail (LEWS) et aidera dans la conception des interventions appropriées dans la production animale, la gestion durable des ressources naturelles que soutient la production animale et ainsi qu’elle contribuera à la surveillance de la santé des terres agricoles.
Extended abstract under Risk and Vulnerability in Agriculture Responding to Climate
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The 2012 RUFORUM Biennial Conference is the third 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 stakeholders 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. The third Biennial Conference was attended by 657 participants. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Risk and Vulnerability in Agriculture Responding to Climate.