Environmentalists are advocating for locally led actions to
manage climate change which frustrates food security in the country.
Proscovia Vickan the board
chairperson of Climate Action Network Uganda (CAN-U) while speaking to journalists in
Kampala highlighted the need for stakeholders to sensitize the masses on
the value of protecting the environment so as to address the food security challenge in the country.
She also said there is a need
to address the rising prices of alternative energy after the
ban on cutting trees for charcoal by President Museveni.
Vikma urged all the climate advocates
to provide an immediate cost-effective alternative to the masses that can be
adopted in a bid to save the environment.
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Tom Okurut the Executive Director of
Climate Change Action East Africa said millions of Ugandans mostly smallholder
farmers are faced with the impact of climate change which threatens
agricultural productivity and food availability in the country.
He also noted that the erratic
weather conditions in the country continue to make it challenging for the
farmers to predict planting and harvesting times hence the low yields leading to
Okurut rooted for the the 1-acre livestock-agroforestry model which is a low-cost
and high-yield investment.
Teddy Nabakoza Galiwango who
represented the Minister of Environment Mariam Nkalubo Mayanja from Buganda
Kingdom noted that food security in Uganda is dependent on
everyone’s efforts to address climate change.
The second food security symposium
and expo will be held this month under the theme “Responding to climate change impacts to
food security within the East African region”.