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Climate resilience: Farmers and agribusinesses in Uganda to receive over $5m in funding

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Climate resilience: Farmers and agribusinesses in Uganda to receive over $5m in funding

Climate change is affecting the food system in Uganda. This calls for climate-smart agricultural practices to help families and agribusinesses adapt to better crops, growing techniques, and soil improvement practices in response to climate change.

Climate justice also needs to be prioritized to support the most climate-vulnerable communities and countries that contribute little to global warming.

High-income countries whose activities are mostly responsible for global warming are taking responsibility for both mitigating the causes of climate change and supporting low- and middle-income countries in adapting to its effects.

The Government of the Republic of Korea through its development agency, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and the International Trade Centre (ITC) signed a four-year grant arrangement (2022-2026) providing $5.07 million in funding to support ITC in boosting gender-responsive resilience to natural disasters and competitiveness for farming households and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the cassava, shea and oilseed value chains in ten districts across Northern and North-eastern Uganda.

The grant arrangement was signed by Taeyoung Kim, KOICA Uganda Country Director, and ITC Deputy Executive Director Dorothy Tembo at the KOICA Uganda office in Kampala.

The new project named “Strengthening Agribusiness Resilience and Competitiveness – STAR” aims to increase the resilience of smallholder farmers, women in particular, to natural disasters exacerbated by climate change and environmental degradation in Abim, Agago, Kaabong, Karenga, Kitgum, Kotido, Lamwo, Lira, Oyam, and Pader districts.

Producers and agribusinesses can actively contribute to and profit from decisions on how their communities and businesses develop and implement disaster risk reduction measures and adjust to climate concerns.

Targeting 10,000 agricultural/agro-pastoral households and 60 cooperatives and SMEs working in the respective value chains, ITC support will focus on: supporting farming households to increase the value of their production by adapting to climatic risks; creating a more supportive business and policy environment for women producers and SMEs; and enabling SMEs to be more competitive, resilient to natural disasters and increase their sales and expand to new markets.

This partnership reaffirms the close cooperation between KOICA and ITC, hallmarked by ITC’s three-year SheTrades West Africa project running from 2019 to 2023 focused on improving the lives of 10,000 women in the cashew, shea and cassava sector in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The new funding supports ITC’s efforts to link small businesses in developing countries to international markets through inclusive and green trade.

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