Climate change is one of the major threats to the sustainable development of Uganda and its efforts to end poverty. In recent years, the country has experienced increasingly adverse weather patterns that have seriously affected the livelihoods of its population. A case in point is the Bundibugyo district in the Rwenzori region in Western Uganda, where cocoa is grown. Increased rainfall intensity has led to landslides and flooding while decreasing rainfall duration has resulted in higher temperatures and prolonged drought. The consequences of this are reduced vegetation cover, pollution, degraded soil quality with serious effects on cocoa production.
In this project, Trias will make the cocoa farmers more resistant to the effects of climate change by using the “Building Resilience toolbox” developed by the AgriCord Alliance. This toolbox will enable cocoa farmers to identify the main climate risks and possible solutions, such as agro-forestry techniques to address landslides, floods and water logging. In parallel to this, the consultancy firm Zoto will train farmers to use several climate-smart agricultural techniques that aim for carbon neutral cocoa production.
At least 300 cocoa farmers in Bundibugyo in Uganda will be trained in climate-smart agriculture to make the cocoa value chain carbon neutral and, through the “Building Resilience toolbox”, to adapt to the consequences of climate change. Best practices will be spread via the AgriCord Alliance network in order to encourage other farmers to follow a similar path. The results will be disseminated to investors and financial partners to persuade them to invest in similar projects.