EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

THEMATIC AREA SIX: DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (DRR), EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

 

Objective 6: Small/medium holder farmers and communities at large are better prepared for

disasters and are able to effectively respond to and recover faster from all types of disasters and

complex emergencies.

VEDCO aims at responding in a timely manner to humanitarian emergencies to save lives and minimize human

suffering, support recovery and rehabilitation. In the development and post emergency contexts, VEDCO will

adopt Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR), an approach that shows the relationship between

disaster and development and offers solutions through the identification, analysis, treatment, monitoring and

evaluation of the risks, with the aim of reducing people’s vulnerabilities and enhancing their capacities. VEDCO

envisages making quick and timely response operations for small, medium, large and complex scale emergencies

that may occur in Uganda, namely in areas where VEDCO operates and in other areas of Uganda upon invitation

by Government, or UN Agencies. VEDCO’s strategic action for response will take on the following key strategies:

 

Strategy 6.1: Enhanced coordination and decisive action that can ensure timely allocation and

deployment of staff, funds and materials.

The following interventions shall be implemented in line with this strategy:

-Establishment of the VEDCO Emergency Response Team

-Conduct hazard, risk and vulnerability mapping and analysis

-Develop emergency Contingency plans; these will regularly be developed especially prior to major

national elections, projected refugee influx and prior to major early warning on potential occurrences of

major catastrophes.

 

Strategy 6.2: Enhanced preparedness at organizational and community level to ensure an effective

DRR approach, and boosted readiness to respond to emergencies

The following interventions shall be implemented in line with this strategy:

-Develop disaster preparedness plans for high risk communities.

-Promote early warning and action

-Promote emergency WASH

-Promote emergency Food security and Livelihoods

-Promote child and gender protection

-Promote humanitarian advocacy

-Promote emergency shelter and clothing

 

Strategy 6.3: Strategic partnerships to ensure swift, efficient and coordinated actions to save lives

and promote sustainable solutions in humanitarian situations, and to ensure quality and

The following interventions shall be implemented in line with this strategy:

-Establish strategic working partnerships with several actors including; Uganda Red Cross, the Government

of Uganda (Office of the Prime Minister), Government Agencies, Ministries and other departments as

needed, District local governments, International humanitarian actors (Oxfam International, Concern

worldwide, etc), UN Agencies (UNHCR, UNOCHA, WFP, UNICEF, UNDP, etc.), other national CSOs,

Local CBOs, cultural-religious institutions, media, and private sector players.

-Share situation updates with partners, advocate and lobby for joint emergency responses

-Promote learning among partners on best practices on DRR, emergency preparedness and response.

 

Strategy 6.4: Better equipped VEDCO staff to deal with complex and challenging emergency

situations in increasingly restrictive environments

The following interventions shall be implemented in line with this strategy:

-Build staff capacity in DRR, emergency preparedness and response

-Ensure strong safety measures for staff and property in accordance with the existing national security

policies and guidelines.

-Mobilize financial, human and material resources for effective emergency responses.

 

JOSEPH'S STORY

Lukwago Joseph, a resident of Kyampisi Sub County in Mukono District Uganda has been a farmer since his youthful days growing crops, especially Bananas. Other crops include Beans, sweet potatoes and maize. He is a member of Anoonya farmers’ group, one of the groups in Mukono district supported by VEDCO. “VEDCO extensionists under Seed-Farmer-Market & Consumer (SeFaMaCo) programme encouraged me to start growing bananas because they are profitable and have high market. They also gave me knowledge about pest and disease control plus other good farming practices in line with Banana growing” he says. Reaping big as a result of growing bananas on 5 acres of land put a smile on Joseph’s face. He sells 30-80 bunches per month, each at 20,000 UGX.This enabled him to increase his income savings and also provide for his family.

FLORENCE'S STORY

Nabunya Florence is a resident of Kyampisi Sub County in Mukono District, Uganda. She has four children. To many in the area, she is commonly known as maama kipapaali, a Luganda name derived from lumonde owa kipapaali (Orange sweet potato). The residents gave her that name because she is a successful producer, promoter and consumer of the Orange Sweet potato.

Florence is a member and Vice Chairperson of Anoonya farmers group. In 2013, she and most of its members got training from Volunteer Efforts for Development Concerns (VEDCO) about the need to grow Vitamin A orange sweet potatoes and high iron beans. “I learnt that they are profitable and would improve vitamin A status of my children. After the trainings, I was given free vines to plant.” She says

First Harvest

 The first season was a success. “I harvested the potatoes, sold them and got around 450,000 UGX. This gave me the energy to go on,” she says. She also got good returns as a result of planting high iron beans. “Can you imagine i planted only 1 Kg of beans and harvested 70 Kgs?” she says.

Good earnings

She earns around 3.5 Million after a harvest and sells her farm produce to people within her residential area and those from a far.”Marketing my produce is not a problem. In most cases, the potential buyers come looking for me even without me first calling them. Although my children help me out in the farm, i sometimes use hired labor which is quite expensive for me.” Florence says.

Florence managed to a construct three-bedroomed self contained house. She also pays school fees for her four children; two are in primary school, one in secondary and the eldest in University. “I am grateful to God and VEDCO for the support. I am now in a better financial position, “she adds.

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What we do

THEMATIC AREA 1: FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY

 Focus on increasing household food security and the nutrition needs  of children and women.

 

THEMATIC AREA 2: AGRICULTURAL TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT

Achieving increased and competitive farmer participation in market for improved household incomes

 

THEMATIC AREA 3: CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Empowering communities to respond and cope with the realities of climate change and achieve resilient livelihoods. 

 

THEMATIC AREA 4: POLICY RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY

Developing the capacities of farmers to participate in policy advocacy and to engage duty bears on issues that affect them in production,  access to food and its utilisation as well as marketing.

 

THEMATIC AREA 5: INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Achieving efficiency, effectiveness and sustainable impact in delivery of VEDCO’s programs.

 

THEMATIC AREA 6: DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (DRR), EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

Responding to humanitarian emergencies in a timely manner to save lives and minimize human
suffering, support recovery and rehabilitation.

 

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