Small holder farmers call for stronger action against climate change.

 

 Small holder farmers have to appealed to Government of Uganda and the rest of the world for stronger action and more investment to help them adapt and build climate change resilience for increased food security, giving special attention to women food producers.

This was on 10/November/2015 in Kampala during the National debate on women, food and climate change organized by Oxfam in partnership with VEDCO. It was moderated by Patrick Kamara and was aired live on NTV.

One of the Key note speakers Dr Kisamba Mugerwa Chairperson National Planning Authority acknowledged that small holder farmers are mainly women who rely on rain-fed Agriculture. ”Climate change has greatly affected them due to their high dependence on natural resources. Some even walk long distances looking for water and firewood for household use hence limiting their productivity in agriculture. We therefore need to empower them to be resilient to climate change,” he said

Hon.Flavia Nabugere Munaaba State Minister for Environment noted that 48% of small holder farmers are women, who bear the burden of impacts of climate change.

Other speakers included Hon Victoria Sekitoleko, Mrs Daisy Eresu from Ministry of Agriculture, and Mr. Peter Kamalingin Country Director Oxfam among others. Over 20 VEDCO supported farmers attended and thousands of online followers on facebook and twitter also joined in on the discussion under hash tag  #WomenFoodClimate.

The live debate was part of a series of events organized by Oxfam in partnership with VEDCO and other partners, requesting African governments and the rest of the world to stand with the people on the front-lines of the climate crisis.

 

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