NATIONAL-SCALE IMPACT-BASED FORECASTING OF FLOOD RISK IN UGANDA (NIMFRU)

 

Katakwi District 

Eastern Uganda

Partners:

The Walker InstituteECOTRUST, Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA), ETOP Radio and more

Donors:

NERC, DFID

When:

11/2018 to 04/2020

Target Audience:

Flood-prone rural communities in Eastern Uganda

Radio Programme:

‘Acautu Akoriok’ or ‘Farmers See Light’, broadcast on ETOP Radio, FM 99.4

Project Outcomes:

NIMFRU is a multi-partnership project which is engaging with researchers, policy makers, local councils and local farmers to improve the targeting, relevance and communications of flood warning and response in Uganda. LYF’s role is to pilot Farmers' Voice Radio for this purpose in flood prone Katawki District, in partnership with local conservation NGO ECOTRUST, UNMA and Ateso language radio station, ETOP FM. 

As usual, content for the weekly radio broadcasts is being recorded with a small group of farmers representing a cross-section of three focus communities, who together have identified the following objectives that they would like the programmes to achieve to reduce flood-related vulnerabilities:

  • Increase crop and livestock productivity and quality

  • Conserve natural resources (in particular water and trees)

  • Improve health and nutrition

  • Promote viable alternative livelihoods

In addition, monthly Farmer Agri-Met Village Advisory Clinics (FAMVACs) are being run in each community by UNMA as a conversation space involving district officials and up to 100 local farmers. The FAMVACs both draw on and inform the radio programmes, providing the opportunity for a wider group of farmers to get involved in the discussions and advice broadcast.

The first episode of ‘Acuatu Akoriok’ was broadcast on 30th September 2019. When asked about his expectations for the project, Agricultural Officer for Ngariam Sub-County, Stephen Ojakol, commented:

 

“If farmers are able to get that information regarding the weather then they will be able to plan their farming activities… and be prepared for the hazards that may come. [On the radio] the farmers will be able to share ideas and improve their farming activities where necessary.”

Picture: farmer listener group in Agule village, Ngariam Sub-County, Katakwi District

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Farmers' Voice Radio is an initiative of the Lorna Young Foundation

 

Farmers' Voice Radio. Lorna Young Foundation. 47 Lea Lane. Huddersfield. HD4 7DP

Contact details

www.lyf.org.uk 

Registered charity no: 1112895  

Company no: 4788426 

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