In Uganda the collection of hydrological and meteorological data gives power to the farmers.
With financing from the Global Environment Facility’s Least Developed Countries Fund, and support from UNDP and the Ministry of Water and Environment, the Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems (SCIEWS) project in Uganda has supported the establishment of ‘one of the most complete weather monitoring systems in East Africa’, according to Pascal Onegiu Okello, Project Manager for the UNDP-supported SCIEWS Project in Uganda.
“With improved weather monitoring and reporting, we can help smallholder farmers to plant at the right time so that they are assured of their harvests. It also means improved access to risk-mitigation tools like weather-index-based insurance. More importantly, these integrated weather services are about saving lives,” said Mr Okello.
For more information on the Uganda SCIEWS project, visit the project profile: www.adaptation-undp.org/projects/ldcf-ews-uganda.
For more information on UNDP-supported Climate Information and Early Warning Systems projects in Africa, visit: www.adaptation-undp.org/projects/programme-climate-information-resilient-development-africa-cirda