Community Development & Climate change

Community Development & Climate change

Strategic Objective

1. Promoting sustainable livelihoods at household level and adapt to climate change

The degradation of the natural resources has in turn led to prolonged dry spells/droughts, increasing temperature, sporadic rain seasons and increasing pressure on existing natural resources such as woodlots, forests and to certain extent extinction of some plant and animal species. Caritas Uganda recognizes that nature and people have already experienced significant impacts from the changing climate and that this trend will continue far into the future. It is important that our programmes contribute towards positive change in households’ livelihoods, take into account climate change impacts as well as the communities that depend on ecosystem services.

Under this specific objective, the aim is to empower the households to improve their livelihoods paying particular attention to: increasing households’ income, food and nutrition, access and consumption of safe and clean water, improving financial services and adapt to climate change. This will be done by engaging the families in increased food production and value addition, increase access to agricultural credit as well as improve hygiene and sanitation amidst protecting the natural resources.

Strategic interventions

1. Promote household food production, productivity and nutrition.
2. Promote value addition through improved agricultural processing and marketing.
3. Educate communities on equitable and sustainable use of natural resources and promote the adoption of renewable/ alternative energy sources such as solar, biogas and energy saving cook stoves.
4. Educate and support families on affordable rain water harvesting and use including in agricultural production.
5. Build partnerships with financial institutions especially Bank of Uganda, Centenary Bank and selected Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) to increase farmers’ access to and effective utilization of agricultural credit.
6. Build partnerships with state actors such as National Forestry Authority (NFA) and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and relevant non-state actors in in advocating for and promoting community participation in forestry and wetlands management.
7. Identify and address critical gender and human rights issues emerging during the design and implementation of the above strategic interventions i.e. food production and nutrition, agricultural processing and marketing, use of natural resources and adaption of renewable energy, rain water harvesting and access to and utilization of agricultural credit.