Uganda Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Report
USAID conducted a climate vulnerability assessment in Uganda in 2012 with a focus on six districts where it is carrying out Feed the Future programming. They include important cropping systems, represent different agro-ecological zones, and are near weather stations that have collected consistent rainfall and temperature data.
The assessment found that Uganda is likely to see more rainfall during its traditional dry season and that temperatures will rise more than 2°C by 2030. This will likely increasing the risk of disease and pest infestations. Of crops assessed, coffee is the most vulnerable.
Households in Uganda, often food insecure during the dry season, are vulnerable to additional stress. More densely populated districts have more land pressure and hence are more vulnerable.
The report states that national programs aimed at improving the country’s adaptation to climate change should be complemented by locally relevant strategies. It recommends building the capacity of key government ministries, such as Uganda’s Climate Change Unit (CCU), to improve the production, distribution and use of climate information. Assisting in the creation of a high-level, multi-sectoral body to support the CCU would be beneficial.
It recommends research and outreach from the national to local levels and gives guidance on how to strengthen and diversify livelihoods.Find other country and regional climate risk management resources here.