May 28, 2019

Drought and pest epidemics among top climate risks

Drought and pest epidemics among top climate risks in rural Uganda

The early onset of rain is also expected to bring relief to millions of farmers who were watching helplessly as their crops and livestock were being destroyed by the severe dry spell.

 

Agricultural production that rely depend on rainfall faces the highest risk compared to that of irrigation.  Rainfall has affected production and productivity in agricultural sector by making crops and vegetation to grow, animals and fish to have enough water for livelihood and flourish. Animals for example depend largely on vegetation while fish and crops production and productivity are largely determined by rainfall availability. Farmers continue to struggle due to over reliance on rain fed agriculture.

 

Smallholder farmers in Kikandwa sub county Uganda have continued to face a wide range of agricultural production   risks. Climate change and variability present new risks and vulnerabilities. Climate related risks such as prolonged dry seasons are becoming more frequent and intense with negative impacts on agricultural livelihoods and food security. Farmers are continuing to report variations in temperatures have increased  drought, increasing disease and pest incidences, decreasing water sources, lack of pasture, bush fires, hailstorms, changes in crop flowering and fruiting times were the major climate-related risks reported.

In order to cope with climate change and climate variability, farmers use a wide range of agricultural technologies and strategies. Mulching, intercropping and planting of food security crops are on top agenda among the most commonly used practices. Other strategies included water harvesting (mainly for domestic consumption), other soil and water conservation technologies and on-farm diversification. Farmers often use a combination of these technologies and practices to enhance agricultural productivity. Analysis of trends in temperature and rainfall showed an increase in average maximum temperatures, while average annual rainfall showed mixed results, where a general decline was observed in the area a relatively stable trend . Farmers’ perception of changing rainfall characteristics and increasing temperatures were consistent with observed historical climatic trends based on meteorological data.

 

This impact of lack of water for the crops, shortage of pasture for the animals, increased incidence of livestock and crop pest and disease and the end result is increased food shortage and reduction in famer’s income.

In order to mitigate this trend, farmers have ensured adoption on farm technologies to harvesting water road run off to irrigate, practices both subsistence and commercial farming

In this analysis, through the donation an increased budget 2018/2019 prioritizing on increasing production and productivity according to farmers voice platform. The budgeting aims at ensuring supply of inputs, extension of services and research, equipping resource center with good ICT equipments  as well as agro-processing and value addition of output making for famers who are unable to adapt to the changing climate may find alternative source of livelihood or remain impoverish for life.

 

How ICT has increased production of agriculture in Kikandwa.

The overall goal of starting up resource center was to increase the sharing of knowledge  decision making and net working farmers through social media platforms as women set firs.  This has increased the capacity of farmers to discuss, analyze, respond to cross cutting issues on gender and  agriculture effectively.

The internet is a potentially transformative space. But there is a seriously the increased demand and lack of few ICT equipments, unstable internet, unrealizable power source limits farmers from accessing fully the information they need . This is essential if the internet is to fulfill its transformational potential for all.

The organization has continued to build the capacity of women, youth and men to increase their participation in internet information research and decision making processes and empower them to influence the development of agricultural policies and demand of agricultural National budget. The internet and ICTs has respond to farmers  concerns in Kikandwa. In addition the donations have increased demand of  capacity building on other use of computer programs on the Internet.

Focused Groups

We  find it difficult to plan our farm activities; rainfall patterns are very variable and confusing. dry spells are common during crop production seasons,” said farmers in rural, during a focus group discussion session convened farmers continued  to understand  perception of climatic trends and climate-related risks. Climate-related risks such as prolonged dry seasons have become more frequent and intense with negative impacts on agricultural livelihoods and food security. The farmers demonstrate and promote early maturing; drought tolerant and water efficient crops and crop varieties; pastures and fodder varieties; rainwater harvesting and soil nutrient and moisture management technologies; and livestock management options and strategies that restore sustainable productivity. Knowledge sharing, farm development initiatives need to foster integration of crops and livestock that exploit synergies of indigenous traditional practices and modern technologies and innovations. Efforts should be mobilized to establish effective climate risk management information flow networks to inform farm-level decision making, taking into account the already existing communication channels or structures.

Conclusion

 Local farmers Kikandwa  thanked partners through Global Giving and its heartfelt partners  on the support of a number of local coping strategies that enabled them reduce vulnerability to climate variability and change. Farmers  had often used a combination of technologies and strategies, and these include the use of indigenous traditional innovations and modern technologies; mulching, intercropping, use of manure and improved crop varieties. Farmers have adopted on other local innovations that included the establishment of kitchen gardens, rainwater harvesting for domestic and agricultural use, use of organic pesticides, micro irrigation, and use of non-conventional organic fertilizers.

Although traditional coping strategies provide important lessons on how local communities there still a gap on raising more resource to better prepare and adapt to climate change in the long-term, the increasing climate variability, frequency and more severe shocks are likely to surpass traditional coping strategies. Moreover, some of these local coping strategies can only assist families in the short-term.


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Dec 28, 2018

Farmers get help to grow more food and support the

Farmers get help to grow more food and support their families

“I would like to sincerely thank all the KEA supporters for their generosity and solidarity to the whole humanity, particularly to those living in extreme poverty and other forms of vulnerability. I also call them to continue supporting our communities living in inhuman conditions, because of conflicts, violence, bad governance, HIV/AIDS, and we still have too many people in these conditions in Uganda.”

 

 

As we give thanks for the first 6years of KEA, we look forward to building on what has been achieved and to continuing to offer a helping hand to some of the neediest in the world. We will continue to rely on the support of our international friends  and our other friends and we trust that this support will remain strong and that the younger generations will respond with equal generosity and enthusiasm. We are called to continually see  all our brothers and sisters, especially the poorest, and we ask him to inspire our efforts to fulfill what he expects of us. Let us work with KEA then as we strive to do our duty in building a better and more just world with the purpose of education and training to improve capacities and capabilities so that rural people who will be able to use available natural resources to achieve sustainable livelihoods for themselves, their families and their communities with the reality that every person is a unique individual and each one has the right to an environment in which she/he can live life with dignity. This brings good news in a practical way to all people, especially the poor through story telling focusing on the economic, social, cultural, environmental, political and institutional factors required in order to achieve balanced, sustainable livelihoods for present and future generations. It also emphasizes the cross cutting issues affecting the farm family and community. Therefore the donations  aim at improving the livelihood of the family depending on the farm through processes and strategies that ensure focus is rural communities at village, levels. Uganda’s economy is anchored on agriculture as one of the drivers of the economy. Agriculture contributes approximately,37% of Uganda’s Gross Domestic Product and employs over 70% of Uganda’s labour force. In 2014, KEA, together with the donors on the Global Giving platform entrust donations  through in transforming the most venerable families in Kasejjere village. The overall goal of the of donations is primarily to create sustainable economic

 

 Every day, we task ourselves with finding new ways to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, and take in the stranger. As needs arise and challenges grow, we strive to realize our mission, reflecting on love through compassionate acts of humanitarian service. Climate-change Adaptation for Resilience & Empowerment These project have empowered families to farming technology and produce vegetables throughout the year hence to contributing towards resilience and household food security.

This:
• Increased knowledge and skills in modern agricultural technologies
• Improved access to sustainable supply of nutritious vegetable for food and for selling by the targeted households through piloting the greenhouse technology
• Increased access to water from an improved water source by targeted beneficiaries.
• Train the youth in vegetable preparation and preservation methods
• Support linkage and collaboration with district production officer and agricultural research institute to provide technical support to the youth

Message from the Director

Poverty eradication, HIV/AIDS prevention, improving community livelihood, promoting good governance, enhance organizational development and peace building is central pivot to  organizational work  to foster sustainable development solutions by working with and through local partners in  identifying and address the root causes of poverty and injustice affecting their lives. Since its inception, of trust from donors, has always given a special concern to assistance to campaigns as regular flooding and drought which significantly impacts its agriculturally reliant economy. Donations have facilitated long term sustainable solutions for socio-economic development through micro-financing and promotion of agricultural skills to help local communities, open markets for them to display their agricultural produce and learn technical advice from district agricultural officers and key development partners

Many opportunities toenhance employment opportunities in eradicating poverty In past two years or project implementation, the project has created employment for 36 household, two schools and 13  youth through formal and non- formal skills development. The number of families living on 1.25 USD per day has also reduced from 87.4% at baseline to 52%. As projected to 20 households by 2018. The importance of agriculture to the economic wellbeing of Ugandans cannot be over-emphasized. The increase in the number of household embracing agriculture. 20 of the house hold target has taken up agriculture followed by joint marketing.  This makesthe agribusiness component of the project the most popular among the households. While agriculture is the first line of employment for the majority of the families, it is still predominantly carried out on subsistence level. KEA and its partners through Global Giving have been working to change this trend through agricultural skilling and enterprise development.

Some of the key intervention areas that we have focused on include:

  • Agricultural investment  training and enterprises in skills.
  • Promotion of peer to peer learning through coaching and mentoring of young model farmers who in turn mentor other families in agriculture
  • value addition, and supply of quality agricultural inputs

Key to the success of KEA work is collaboration with the global partners would like to thank our partners for their contribution towards empowering the families in Kikandwa.

 

 

EDUCATION

KEA experience in basic education programming include: children life skills training and provision of scholastic materials for pupils/students; child sponsorships for needy children; supporting school feeding projects in schools; provision of adult literacy and vocational skills for youths and adults; construction/renovation of schools and provision WASH facilities; and engaging in advocacy for access to quality and equitable inclusive education.

We extend our  faithful, generous and reliable supporter of the is helping to empower and build the capacity of young children ,leaders, especially girls, in the various, attention and support has been given in the areas of education, building, and care for the environment in schools, We are pleased and proud to be working  together for a better world where more people may have access to justice and to live in a peaceful

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WATER + HYGIENE + SANITATION

Thanks to 6 years of hard work, prayer and commitment from our supporters, volunteers, partners and staff, KEA has grown into one of the foremost international community  development organisations in Uganda . We treasure what is unique about us – our deep roots within the community, our vibrant team of volunteers, our wonderful international friends, which never leaves its people, whatever the dangers. We seek to be an example of, standing alongside the poorest people to help them flourish. Our 6th anniversary is a milestone, but it is not a time for celebration. Widespread poverty and injustice are an affront to all of us, but they remain hallmarks of our world. One in nine people are still going hungry every day and a billion people remain stuck in inhuman circumstances. Climate change is already affecting the most marginalised communities, and its impact will only increase. The rising power of multinational businesses is not balanced by the effective rule of law in many countries. Growing inequality, together with social and economic injustice around the world mean we must continue to provide direct, practical help to people in the greatest need, and to work for an end to the causes of poverty. As we look at the world in 2019, there are many opportunities to work as a community to build a more just world – new overseas partners to work with, new people to engage with, new international negotiations on antipoverty goals, new climate change talks, and a growing sense of the important role the KEA can play to help achieve real human flourishing.

 

Health is at the very core of much of the Uganda's poverty and suffering. Deadly diseases leave parents without children, and children with no families must fend for themselves. We work in partnership communities on improving and sustaining health. We adopt a community-level approach to address unique needs of populations, including capacity building of health professionals, increasing access to health information and health facilities, and improving the quality of health resources. Beyond the community-level, our work strengthens health systems by supporting district and national-level facilities and staff. Water is a basic human need, yet millions of people still lack access to clean water. Frequently, accessible water is contaminated, infecting people with waterborne diseases. Children are the most vulnerable: 90 percent of deaths caused by the diarrheal disease are of children under the age of 5.

We have been addressing these issues for last 3 years, cleaning wells, construction of hand dug wells to bring clean non contaminated water, digging wells, Our initiatives also educate communities about sanitation and the fatal danger of waterborne diseases. The cycle of poverty is strong and many regions of Uganda. Some of KEA biggest tools to fight poverty and hunger come in tiny packages. Chicks, goats, or lambs from an animal bank, as well as seeds and agricultural training, play a part in our disaster risk reduction programs and can set a household or farm up for success that can last generations. Women, in particular, feel the effects of entering a marketplace previously closed to them, providing dependable income and self-reliance to them and their children. Mainly in empowering communities and farmers’ groups through training in sanitation and  appropriate technologies as well to builds the capacity of communities to responding to disasters and related to water and sanitation as communities water is increasing on demand from 40 liters per house hold to 100 liters per day for irrigation, animal, home use etc

 

 

 

Mixing farming and trading

 

most of our  parents can not afford to continue supporting us in school. We have turned our efforts to farming. The Shs 50,000 Ugx ($30) school fee per a term at is such a prohibitive figure for

peasant farmers. Through the organization we were given support of $30. We started farming. We grew tomatoes but we never made any money out of his efforts. He counted losses and drowned in sadness. We hit a dead end with  academic journey and now, farming too.

We were 8 picked by the KEA  as  youth to benefit from the training, We were eager to learn and pick skills that would help him improve.

“Ever since we  got training from the KEA,  We feel our life more fruitfully than before. We now know what

to do as a farmer,”  said in a tone that could be mistaken for boasting. From the first season, we planted beans on  an acre from which he harvested 7 sacks priced at Shs200, 000 (each. For the second season, we harvested 10 sacks.)

The second season fetched less harvest because of the dry spell that hit the gardens. But his spirit was not shaken. We are looking forward to the next season., However, the profits from farming have enabled us set open larger land and go to school.

 

We have joined Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA). With 16 other members, each saves Shs2, 000 every week. This money can be borrowed at low interest rates when one needs more capital.

“Also, we  have realised the benefit of keeping records because that way we can take stock and know how to calculate the profit. This has been possible after support through Global Giving project,”

 

 Innovation taking Young Model Farmer,

5 people under his mentorship of household  has helped them maintain good farming practices so that they get the most out of their efforts in gardens. All the 5 mentees were beneficiaries of the training to reduce poverty by creating sustainable entrepreneurial opportunities for the house holds end of 2018.

Many households have turned their children drop out of school we appreciates how the project has changed t fortunes for the better. “Before the project, we used to grapple with agriculture because we would do things the rudimentary way;planting crops anyhow and waiting for harvests, which disappointed us a lot,” we recalled. When chosen as model household farmers with the Project, he realised the need for technical knowledge in farming. “I was taught that a nursery bed is relevant if one is to realise good crops. We  learnt how to prepare it,” The 5 acre of cabbages we planted after the training fetched us whooping Shs 450,000 per acre. The cabbages were sold in the markets of Kamapala capital city, local markets and individual  has created a bigger market for produce.

To save money on transportation costs, we became innovative, interested fellow farmers in the collective

transportation instead of hiring a truck on his own. We were charged collectively Shs150, 000

“I now how collective marketing helps save money and can send our children to schools,” a farmer  revealed.“When I was harvesting, I called on my brothers to offer labour since they are part of the beneficiaries from the gainsof farming,” he explained his low cost strategy. From the sales, I have  been able to buy a cows each at Shs600, 000 and plant  maize, cassava, and bananas.

We have  also set up a demonstration cabbage farm of 1000

crops near the main road. “I am going to plant 25,000 cabbage seedlings this season,” With a cabbage

costing a minimum of Shs1000, we may end up earning over Shs25m in just three months.

“Next time you visit, we will be in a better house to borrow save as group  we must live a better life now,”

 

Conclusion

Homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalised: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.” That year, we joined other partners to celebrate for the “Enough Food for Everyone”. aimed to focus the minds of humans coming to think of the  needs of the poorest people. Together, we ensured the issues of land grabs and corruption got on the agenda hit community needs. Our supporters’ generous donations would give over 200 people clean water, medical care and schooling for refugee children. With generous donations from our supporters, we were able to send our director to international meetings recent in Katowic Poland UNFCCC to challenge the structures of poverty and engage with the global decision-making processes which can do so much to address the root causes of inequality.

 

Wishing you a prosperous new year 2019 as we extended the gift of life to you beloved ones, families, neighbor in having a free hunger community educated empowered girl child

 


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Sep 18, 2018

Celebrating 7years of Global Giving

 

MAKING 7 YEARS OF GLOBALGIVING

INTRODUCTION

As we give thanks for the first 7years of KEA, we look forward to building on what has been achieved and to continuing to offer a helping hand to some of the neediest in the community. We will continue to rely on the support of our other friends and we trust that this support will remain strong and that the younger generations will respond with equal generosity and enthusiasm. We are called by to continually see all our brothers and sisters, especially the poorest, and we ask our friends to inspire our efforts to fulfill what is expected from us. Let us work with KEA then as we strive to do our duty in building a better and more just world.

Since KEA was founded in 2004 we have walked together in love, solidarity with those who are poor and oppressed, and with your help through GlobalGiving partners we’ve achieved great things. Hundreds of farmers have been able to work their way out of poverty with the tools they needed, and have received the life-saving aid they needed after disasters. Generations of our loyal supporters in schools, community and elsewhere throughout Kikandwa have put their faith into action and reached out to brothers and sisters in need.

All this has only been possible,“ thanks to you – your generosity, your time, your passion for justice and your support. We owe a huge debt to our founder and all those who’ve worked hard over the years. Their aim, is to help marginalized people who are poor in communities and inspire all people have life and live it to the full happy life were the inspiration for the growth and development of KEA and many others “The hungry community of the community cry out to the friends, blessed with abundance that has continued and grow, helping people in need.  As KEA, we always give more than financial support; we always strive to cater for people’s physical, emotional, spiritual, social and economic

well-being in every single dimension.”

This shines through in our work. For example, in from 24th -26th June 2018, we joined with GAGGA / IFAN and CENDP collectively empower women on their rights and environmental justice movements to realize a world where women can and do access their rights to water, food security, and a clean, healthy and safe environment women actively show cased resisting developments and policies that deny them their rights to water, food security and a clean, healthy and safe environment as actors playing vital roles in managing their natural resources and fighting to preserve access to them for themselves, their families and their communities. This knowledge and work by women, at the grassroots level, is often not recognized or valued, and women are still largely absent from the decision-making bodies that govern the use and control of natural resources. The Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA) ice broke the silence and changed this situation by working with grassroots women's voices and leadership, and by advocating for policies and legal frameworks which respect, protect and fulfill women's rights. This helped women realize a living again, overcome their fear of the sea, and learn to play in it once more. We continue to support the work of poor families who help their disabled children take part in the community. Since the training we are continuing support many small women savings groups among poor women, who use their collective funds to help each other. Funds are given to the women in most need, who might buy agricultural inputs or a few goats to make a living and provide for their children. This often produces a small surplus which they can sell and save so they can provide some of the family’s other necessities.

 

Climate change: This has inspired us to play an important part in popular political campaigns over the years. In various ways, these have made a huge difference, leading to the cancellation of debt for many poor families, a massive increase in donations aid, and help for people who are already suffering the effects of climate change responding to major disasters, helping people to free themselves from hunger and poverty.

 

The year 2018 marks the seventh anniversary of the founding of the KEA GlobalGiving campaign that

 Seeks to table the progress of KEA and to offer a thank you to all the many people who have helped make us something in the community -can be proud of growing from tiny beginnings. With the active involvement of friends. A representative committee plays a big role in advising on which projects to support. So from the first, the donations were reaching out to the needy in needy information gap in Kikandwa community Innovation Resource Center has grown enormously over the last 7 years. Measured in pounds and pence. This has called for part time volunteer. More recently, funding has been increasingly available from individual donors  But we don’t want to “grow away” from our core support. We aim to be, as our founders intended, reaching out to the needy.” individuals give willingly, and of whatever time they can spare, to help with so many aspects of our work.  Our achievements, which are your achievements, are recorded in this little report, smiling photos of people grateful for your help, international visits and social media interactions. Our thanks must go to our ultimate inspiration and strength donors of all we do. Our thanks go also to those who took the founding decision 7years ago, to individuals, institutional funders we give thanks for crises alleviated, projects partnered, attitudes changed, poverty and misery solaced and dignity and self-esteem restored through your generosity.

  • Climate change and its disproportionate impact upon the poorest;
  • Globalization and the increasing influence of commercial interests; the breakup of some communities, which looks like creating a new “World”;
  • The opportunity offered by the communications revolution based on social media.
  • Bridging the gap of communication.

We can be sure that our successors, and even the younger people already among us, will have no lack of purposes and projects in the future. The cry of the poor and the oppressed has resounded in every century

 CONFIDENCE AND GROWTH

“The organization considers tasks always to call attention we were supporting 3 projects around the community including, construction of the school, bring clean water to community and support farmers grow their own living. Seeking to build a sense of solidarity between our overseas partners and people here at home, we developed a match-funding scheme for schools to double the money raised for particular projects. Our work has helped to re-shape it over the following years, with a renewed focus on funding substantial, long-term work, education of people at home and an understanding aid of development.

For us your donation is not only a great financial aid, but also an assurance that open a special section where children may receive primary education and develop their skills so that they may become self-supporting. Much concern for poor communities and underprivileged groups in society and has been a concrete, that sense of confidence in our youth. This allowed us to better set education materials of the need to create a greater understanding of the problems facing poor. It is vital, therefore, that people be given the opportunity of discovering the basic facts.” to help communities have access to food and water plus seeds and farming tools to help people get back on their feet.

“I t is a big THANK YOU to donors through GlobalGiving for the financial and material support. The helping hand have rendered has provided the community the needed push to address some of the many challenges faced in improving livelihoods for the poor and protecting our environment.” “We are constantly encouraged and inspired by the results we see and know that we are making a difference. With

The continued support of KEA, as well as caring, concerned individuals like, we are confident we can touch the lives of many poor indigenous people and play a role in helping them. I would like to take

 

This opportunity to extend our deepest gratitude to GlobalGiving Team for their continued support of

Our efforts for over the years as we work to bring change to our community.” Without support, orphanage children would at best have to suspend their studies, if not stop altogether. With about 40 children living in poverty have had their schooling provided.

The communities have seen remarkable changes through support, including learning new technologies through training, research and exposure visits. There has also been a significant increase in awareness and knowledge about sustainable agriculture across all sectors of especially the agriculture sector. Locally, many people were able to regain their physical and emotional health thanks to supporters. It has been a great pleasure to see and rebuild new lives thanks to the support they got from you. These people are very

grateful to all those who support KEA in different ways and beg them to speak out to denounce all the cases of poverty and injustices.


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