An Overview of Climate Change and Agricultural Infrastructure in Uganda
This report by USAID’s African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) project details the ways in which climate change will impact Uganda’s agricultural infrastructure and issues recommendations to reduce this vulnerability.
The sector heavily depends on roads, bridges, communication networks, storage, and market places in order to support the production of goods and services, and distribute finished projects to market.
During weather-related emergencies, the damage to transport, storage, bridges, fuel supplies, and other vital agriculture-related infrastructure can limit food availability and drive price hikes. In Uganda, where infrastructure is already weak, the impacts of floods, landslides, and droughts fall disproportionately on poor smallholder farmers.
The report recommends the following:
- Build the capacity for generating and analyzing climate change data among institutions responsible for building and managing of infrastructure.
- Strengthen the capacity of mandated institutions to manage the effects of climate change and non-climate stressors.
- Restructure and train local disaster management committees
- Reduce the vulnerability of infrastructure through climate-smart design and by addressing non-climate factors such as population growth and environmental degradation.