Climate Change and Livelihoods

Uganda, like many other countries of the world, is faced with unprecedented extreme weather events which have consequently increased the vulnerability of low-income communities and households to chronic poverty, frequent famine, a high incidence of ill-health and at times loss of life.

As clearly observed, climate change continues to endanger the natural resource base on which the majority of the human population rely for survival and livelihoods. In the circumstances, women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities seem to be the most vulnerable to the climate-associated hazards.

Regrettably, the looming threat at the moment resides in its (climate change) potential to hinder our progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; for, quite obviously, development cannot be sustainable without addressing the challenge of climate change.

At VOICE, we work with the most vulnerable communities and households to promote activities that not only enhance climate change mitigation but also build their adaptive capacity in response to actual, perceived or anticipated changes in climate and associated impacts.

Our Work

Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping

  • We map out communities and households at risk; and
  • We examine factors that contribute to vulnerability.

Raising Awareness

  • We conduct sensitization meetings on climate change and emphasize environmental protection and sustainable land-use management as a response mechanism;
  • We communicate climate change information;
  • We promote the planting of fast growing trees that replenish fuel-wood stocks, enhance animal fodder banks and raise carbon sequestration.

Inspiring Sustainable Change

  • We conduct training on conservation agriculture, rainwater harvesting, soil and water conservation techniques, tree-planting so as to strengthen resilience to stresses and shocks.

  • Facts and Figures: Uganda's Population, Natural Resources and Livelihood

      • Uganda's total population stands at 34.9 million people

      • Annual population growth rate is 3.4 %;

      • 80% of the population derives its livelihood from land and natural resources;

      • 81% of the population depends on rain-fed agriculture;

      • Rainfall decreases by 3.5% per decade;

      • 73% of households depend on agriculture for their livelihood;

      • 56.6% of women are employed in the agricultural sector;

      • 36% of the land is degraded;

      • 95% of the people engaged in agriculture are small-holders;

      • Approximately 25% of the greenhouse gas emissions come from land-use;

      • 95% of the population use fuel-wood and charcoal as a source of energy;

      • Charcoal is an important source of income for both men and women;

      • Annual rate of deforestation is 1.8%; and

      • Average annual temperature has increased by 1.3%.

Head Office

Volunteer Initiative for Community Empowerment (VOICE).
Busesa Trading Centre, Jinja-Malaba Road
P.O. Box 293, Iganga ?Uganda
Tel: +256 787431895 or +256 782922568

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