Farmers Demand Funding For Climate Change Adaptation


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David Mutegeki, the chairperson Kabarole district farmers association says the farmers have failed to sustain the adaptation practices due to lack of funding.

Small holder farmers in Kabarole district want those vying for elective offices to address funding for climate change mitigation measures. Several farmers in the district and other parts of the Rwenzori region have lost their crops due to the dry spell and heavy rains, leading to food insecurity.

The farmers argue that they have come up with mitigation measures such as the use of treadle pumps to irrigate their gardens, construction of food granaries, agro forestry and planting drought resistant crops among others. According to the Rwenzori Climate Change Think Tank, 80 percent of the farmers in the region have been affected by climate change. 

However to the surprise of the farmers, the prospective political leaders are silent on the issues of climate change.  They say none of the candidates has included the issue of climate change in their manifesto. 

David Mutegeki, the chairperson Kabarole district farmers association says the farmers have failed to sustain the adaptation practices due to lack of funding. He explains that without a sustainable financing mechanism, many farmers will continue suffering from the effects of climate change. 

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Viola Tusiime, a farmer in Hakibale Sub County says she is not happy that the leaders are not taking the issue seriously. She says in 2011 campaigns, farmers hinted on the matter but didn't get any response from the politicians.

Tusiime adds that most women resorted to using energy saving stoves to reduce excessive consumption of firewood, but the project was halted due to lack of funds. She says women continue to travel long distances to collect firewood away from their homes, which endangers their lives.

Patrick Isoke, the program manage Rwenzori Environment Alert says voters have a right to demand the leaders to promote and fund mitigation measures because of the dangers of climate change. Isoke also says that the stress caused by the effects of climate change has increased cases of domestic violence against women in the region.  

He says women are subjected to physical assault by their husbands when they lose their crops.
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Moses Tugume, the Kabarole Natural Resources secretary admits climate change mitigation measures need funding, but says they are short of funds. He explains that the local revenue generated by the district is inadequate to fund climate change activities. 

He says the Climate Change Unit (CCU) in the Ministry of Water and Environment is aware of insufficient funds and is yet to respond.  According to the 2011 national climate change policy, local governments are best suitable for implementing national climate change adaptation and mitigation policies.
They are supposed to establish a climate change fund to be used to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.


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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.