Saturday, September 12, 2009

Uganda seeks local solutions as climate change effects hit harder

Xinhua: As the world continues to debate the effects of climate change and adaptation measures, Uganda is embarking on local solutions to beat the effects that have left 3.5 million people on the verge of starvation. Weather experts say Uganda's rain seasons are increasingly becoming unpredictable and yet the country practices rain fed agriculture with over 70 percent of the population deriving its livelihood from the sector.

The most hit part of this East African country is in the northeastern region, also known as Karamoja. The region has faced three consecutive years of a long dry spell leaving over one million people on the verge of starvation and thousands of livestock dead because of pests and no water and pasture to feed on. Over 90 percent of the population in this semi arid area depends on relief food supplied by the UN World Food Program (WFP) and the government….

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