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Farmers in Uganda addressing soil and water

Farmers' organization UNFFE opted for an integrated approach so that business operations through various measures became more resilient to climate shocks.

Farmer Organization UNFFE opted for an integrated approach so that business operations through various measures became more resilient to climate shocks.
With its local departments UNFFE drew up a plan of action to climate adaptation in a practical form. As in the Netherlands and Cambodia Peter set up a project in which research institute NARO together with farmers shared experiences and solutions. In Uganda measures have been taken to prevent erosion and mitigate drought damage. These seek an integrated approach. And this is what Land Water Food emphatically advocates. For example, various methods are used, such as choosing less drought-sensitive crops, soil improvement, green manure, water conservation and agro-ecology. Improving weather forecasting and improved access via radio or SMS was revealed as deep desire of farmers.

Local leaders encouraged other farmers to follow the example. The project has been a success and has been followed up by several other initiatives.

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Solving complex issues surrounding food production is like composing music. Working as a team of experts can make for a resounding success. This requires skill, a good plan and a clear goal. And natural affinity with farmers and other parties active in rural areas.

There are many factors that determine whether the crop in an agricultural area is successful. The dependence on the whims of the weather, the market and politics make food systems vulnerable. Climate change reinforces this effect. In this complex forum farmers are trying to find a way. Governments set the policy context, promote research and stimulate growth. That is easier said than done. Many plans are little more than pipe dreams. Land Water Food makes climate adaptation concrete and feasible. Soil, water and food systems are connected to an integrated and sustainable approach. Working on operational goals, an action perspective for farmers and other stakeholders. Land Water Food bridges the gap between policy and the agricultural reality. It brings together experts to work with you on an approach with impact! So, why not you?

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