Many parts of Karamoja have been described as chronically food insecure for the past 10 years due to a combination of factors including recurrent drought and declining resource base for agro-pastoralism. FOWODE intends to contribute to improved food security and nutrition in Napak district by assisting 20 women farmer groups comprising of 10-15 members with skills and inputs to make their families food secure while improving their incomes.
Food insecurity is a big problem in most of the Karamoja region in Uganda. Many parts of Karamoja have been described as chronically food insecure for the past 10 years due to a combination of factors. Napak district has been the worst hit in the past few months. A major driver for food insecurity in Napak district stems from lack of farming skills and money to purchase farm inputs. Drought combined with poverty have denied many families access to sufficient food.
This project intends to build the skills of 20 women farmer groups (each comprising 10-15 members) in climate sensitive agriculture in the district of Napak. The women will be supported with farming tools and better quality drought resistant seeds. They will learn new farming techniques appropriate for their arid farm lands while receiving frequent monitoring and support by extension workers to help them boost their yields.
Food sustainability allows the families to have adequate and nutritious meals with the recommended number of calories. Women and men will have the energy needed to work around the home and in places of other employment while children can return to school and focus on their studies. The pay-it-forward component in the program guarantees that neighboring families will also benefit, too while the climate sensitive farming will reduce the need for emergency support to the affected families.