Implementing integrated grassroots ‘climate smart’ development programmes in rural communities

By Chloe Mcenery Beacham Central to the livelihoods of the majority of communities in Uganda, agriculture is vital for employment, food, and income, and is the backbone of Uganda’s economy – a heavy dependence which puts millions at risk with increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather due to climate change making the agricultural sector highly vulnerable. Losses caused by drought or disease, for instance, can have a devastating impact on whole communities, and feeding a growing population without further depleting reserves of soil or water is a huge challenge. Identifying practices best able to respond to the effects of climate change and increasing adaptive capacity to ensure food and i

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