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CLIMATE CHANGE: UN agricultural agency FAO warns of looming drought in November

KAMPALA- As floods wreak havoc across the country, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has warned of severe drought between November this year to February 2021 that will cause food scarcity in the country.

This warning was given in  Kampala during the handover of 190 motorcycles by FAO to 29 Local Governments in the cattle corridor, West Nile and Karamoja Sub-region.

The FAO Country Representative, Antonio Querido told journalists that agricultural extension workers in 29 districts would use the motorcycles to reach out to farmers and increase awareness on climate change interventions such as planting trees and water conservation.

“It is our hope that these motorcycles will assist the movement of the personnel of beneficiary government agencies and civil society organisations in providing the much-needed extension and awareness creation services to help farmers adopt climate-smart agricultural practices and build their resilience to climate-related shocks,” Antonio said.

The climate change expert at FAO Country office Emmanuel Zziwa , told this Online Publication in an interview that several districts such as Kabale, Luweero, Amolatar and Katakwi are already experiencing disastrous heat waves that affect agricultural productivity.

“The prediction of the drought that is expected to occur from November this year to February 2021 was made by Uganda Meteorological Authority,” Zziwa said.

Zziwa therefore appealed to farmers to mitigate measures by putting in place measures to ensure that the dry season does not take them unaware.


Patson Baraire Mushaija
Patson Baraire Mushaija
Patson Baraire Mushaija is a Seasoned Journalist. He has an experience of Field and Community reporting for over 20 years. He started his career at Daily Monitor in the 1990s and is known for breaking major stories that remain topical issues today like the Bwindi Massacre and Kibwetere Inferno. He also worked at New Vision before concentrating on Digital Media. He has worked as reporter and news editor for a number of Media Organisations. Baraire is a family man, practicing farmer, and public speaker, is passionate about community Journalism. He is currently a Co-Editor at the Informer Ug an Online Publication in Western Uganda. Patson is widely traveled in East and Central Africa where he has attended several media training and Election Monitoring. He is passionate about Environmental Issues and Health Reporting.


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