HOPE is a Community Based Organization (CBO) that is committed to promoting economic and social development in order to reduce the number of persons living in crippling poverty. HOPE promotes opportunities for poor people to work in order to gain social inclusion and economic independence, and achieve improved health and well-being.
At HOPE, we believe in the possibilities of people working their way out of poverty. For most individuals and their families, work presents the best route out of poverty. HOPE creates and promotes opportunities for poor people to work in order to gain social inclusion and economic independence and achieve improved health and well-being.
HOPE activities involve supporting small scale farmers in the whole country. In 2023, HOPE would like to carry out a number of activities and projects key among is to promote Sustainable Urban and Peri-urban Food and Nutrition Security in Mpigi and Wakiso districts. This aims to help attain our goal and mission, thus contributing to the UN SDGs. HOPE is interested in partnering with various stakeholders in order to successfully implement this project and activities.
Creation of an enabling environment that will facilitate households to obtain basic needs in order to achieve sustainable development.
Promotion of understanding and integration of policies that will support households to participate in economic activities relevant to sustainable development and poverty eradicationin Uganda.
To promote awareness on sustainable use of Natural Resources, undertake research and promote information exchange.
Contribute to policy dialogue with key stakeholders at local, national and International arena and effectively present the perspective of people especially the poor in such forums.
Advocating for programs that promote the well-being and development of the people.
Hope tool kit
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges affecting the world today. As the world’s climate changes and continues to change at rates exceptional in recent human history, it is true that the impacts and risks related with these changes are existent. In Uganda these changes are already influencing many systems essential for human livelihood, including water resources, food security and health. This causes a great challenge for sustainability of life, ecosystems, livelihoods and indeed the development of the economy in Uganda.
Agriculture remains the backbone of Ugandan economy which constitutes about 42% of GDP, over 90% of export earnings and employs about 90% of the labour force (NDPII, 2015). Agriculture in Uganda is almost exclusively rain-fed, which means that it is extremely vulnerable to rainfall variability and weather conditions thus far, Ugandans lives and livelihoods dependent on agriculture production, which is sensitive to climate variability and climate change. Agricultural performance fluctuates with changes in weather conditions thus far, Ugandans lives and livelihoods dependent on agricultural production, which is sensitive to climate variability and climate change.
Uganda lies within a relatively humid equatorial climate zone, and the topography, prevailing winds, and lakes and rivers cause large differences in rainfall patterns across the country. Changes in sea surface temperatures in the distant tropical Pacific, Indian and, to a lesser extent, Atlantic Oceans strongly influence annual rainfall amounts and timing.
According to ARCC (2013), current and past trends indicate that the timing of rainfall vary considerably; the onset of rainy seasons has in some instances shifted by 15 to 30 days (earlier or later), while the length of the rainy season has changed by 20 to 40 days from year to year. However, there is no significant change in average annual rainfall in last 60-years (ARCC, 2014). It has also been found out that there is an increase in rainfall in December, January, and February, which is typically a dry season in all locations. This increase would have strong impacts on agriculture, especially with respect to tree crops (e.g., coffee) and post-harvest activities such as drying and storage. Similarly, there is a potential for an increase in the frequency of extreme events (e.g., heavy rainstorms, flooding, etc.) With regards to temperature, an analysis of average annual temperatures between 1951-1980 and 1981-2010, shows a notable increase of approximately 0.5-1.2 C for minimum temperatures and 0.6- 0.9 C for maximum temperatures. This warming trend is projected to continue, with some models projecting an increase of more than 2 degrees C BY 2030.
It will likely have a strong impact on agriculture and livestock, increasing the risk of disease and pest infections.
The impacts of climate change create challenges and impose severe losses and hardships on the poorest communities as their livelihoods are likely to be more sensitive to adverse impacts of climate change. The most dominant and widespread disaster due to climate change are drought, floods, high temperatures whose frequency is observed to be an increase. These effects severely affect the agricultural sector leading to impacts such as famine, malnutrition, diseases for crops and animals, low production and productivity of crops and animals. Therefore, there is need to adapt to the inevitable effects of climate change as well as to facilitate the development of techniques that can assist increase resilience to the climate change impacts (Twinomugisha, 2005), (UBOS, 2009), (IPCC) (2001).
It is in response to the above climate change impacts that HOPE has come up with a tool kit that will help farmers have adaptation and mitigation measures which they can employ in addition to what has already been in place in order to cope up with the effects of climate change on agriculture. Mitigation and Adaptation measures are important to help communities to better face the adverse impacts and associated effects of climate change.