Climate Change Adaptation and ICTs (CHAI)
The ecosystems and livelihoods of the Ugandan population are threatened by climate change, which is manifested in escalating droughts, floods, and variability in the seasons. The cattle corridor, which covers 40% of Uganda’s land, is prone to recurrent droughts and is one of the areas most affected by climate change and variability in the country. Farmers here receive little or no relevant information to help them cope with drought and other climatic stresses. Using information and communication technology (ICT) tools, the IDRC-funded Climate Change Adaptation and ICT (CHAI) project provided adaptation information to over 200,000 farmers in local languages in three intervention districts, including seasonal weather forecasts and agricultural information localized to sub-county level; weekly livestock and crop market information to help farmers decide what, when, where and how much to sell; guidance on low cost rainwater harvesting techniques; information on drought and flood coping mechanisms; and termite control measures. The project aimed to assess how improved access to such information enabled farmers to take appropriate actions, such as planting early maturing crops to minimize the impact of climate variability and change. 75% of the households used the received information, and are reduce crop loss and damage by 67%.