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Nkwanga, D. 2009. Farm-level innovations that can assist grassroots communities in Africa cope with climate change. Work presented at Third International AMMA Conference, July 20—24, at Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
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Categories: Society-Environment-Climate interactions
Keywords: Adaptation and Mitigation, Agriculture, Climate
Creators: Nkwanga
Publisher: African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)
Collection: Third International AMMA Conference

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Abstract
In Uganda, the most important impact of climate change at grassroots level is expressed in terms of deficiencies in food production i.e. escalating levels of food insecurity characterized by extreme hunger and malnutrition. In this regard, the impacts of climate change include a reduction in soil productivity; unpredictable-irregular seasons characterized by extremes of both dryness and precipitation that result into destructive floods; crop failure; escalating incidence of pest attacks; and decreased livestock productivity. Because of poverty, limited resources and poor infrastructure, African countries like Uganda are constrained to invest in and develop technologies to enable adaptation to climate change and addressing the current energy crisis. Prioritizing and supporting farm-level skills integrated in agricultural activities promise a sustainable answer to concerns of food insecurity, decreasing soil productivity, increased incidence of disease and pest attack and energy crisis among the poor subsistence farmers in the wake of climate change. These skills include cultivation of neglected traditional food crops highly adapted to local ninces and can provide sustainable production and food security of rural communities particularly under poor conditions; innovative soil and water conservation techniques; diversified ecological-perennial-based agriculture integrated with experiment-based fuel wood saving technologies. Such skills which are integrated in the peoples’ day-to-day activities are easy to adopt, cheap and culturally acceptable and are easy to replicate.
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