Uganda’s cattle corridor gets boost from Belgium

Belgium has offered €2 million ($2 774 800) towards efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change on thousands of farmers in Uganda’s cattle-corridor. The Belgian aid will go to a project which is in line with the National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA) programme, initiated by the agriculture and water ministries, meanwhile the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will directly supervise the implementation of the Belgium-funded aspects in these districts.  Belgian Ambassador Alain Hanssen along with FAO Country Representative Alhaji M. Jallow have signed an agreement for FAO to implement the two-year project on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and Ministry of Water and Environment.
Natural disasters such as floods and long spells of drought, have contributed to diminishing crop and animal productivity in the corridor over the recent years. The cattle corridor includes Ankole sub-region, Sembabule, Luweero, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Mubende and Kiboga, among others. Kennedy Igbokwe, the project manager, said most of the money will be used to equip district officials and farmers with relevant knowledge and avail facilities that can help them cope with climate change threats, adding that there would be rehabilitation of watershed catchment areas each in six districts. – The Observer