1. Promoting Commercial Aquaponics farming among smallholder farmers/households for water efficiency, food security and livelihoods Improvement.

 

This project is part of a joint global programme for Securing water for food SWFF global and USAID, supported by the governments of Sweden, Netherlands and South Africa.

Technical focus area

  • Improving water efficiency and reusing wastewater
  • Innovative water capture and storage

Innovation

The project integrates fish rearing and horticultural crop farming in a closed-loop water recycling system referred to as Aquaponics farming. It is transformative in that it introduces integrated fish and horticultural crop farming to provide the much needed nutritional supplement and alternative incomes (if done commercially) in majority of the rural, urban or peri-urban household settings; It is a low-cost technology approach; it encourages rainwater harvesting and storage at the household level, which water can then be used for other domestic purposes and promotes water efficiency.

How the technology works

The technology involves growing horticultural crops such as sweet pepper, tomatoes, etc in a permeable 10-15cm deep tray filled with a growth medium e.g. husks or a loamy soil and rearing fish in a 1.0 cubic meter water tank below the tray. Fish waste water is routinely introduced via the tray through irrigation; organics in the water decompose releasing nutrients that are taken by the crop and some are used by the fish in the tank. Water from the tank is recycled into the tray daily at given rates. Additional water may be added to replace that lost via evapo- transpiration processes.

Project justification

  • Dwindling fish stocks in lakes; high local and international demand for fish that lakes cannot satisfy.
  • Declining fish eating culture because of high fish costs.
  • Increasing protein/ nutrient deficiencies in diets;
  • Under - or un-employment or low incomes among housewives and youth
  • Declining water availability with changing climate
  • Limited access to commercially viable farming land
  • It is a low-cost technology that enhances rainwater harvesting, storage and water use efficiency
  • Can be done on small land e.g backyards and Produces high premium price horticultural crops
  • Fishing culture: Fish is perceived to only grow naturally in lakes or rivers. This needs to be demystified by household fish farming;
  • Limited access to water and high water tariffs.

 

This project is currently in its second year .It is being implemented in the four districts of Hoima, Adjumani, Kamuli and Kampala. These were selected on the basis of the criteria: experiencing fish scarcity, yet the the fish eating culture is well established; are key trading centers or situated along key trade routes; are affected by refugees/IDPs and their host communities; and are ranked high poverty areas.

Overall, we are positive about the results we have so far achieved in the first year period between November  2015 and November  2016.We are also positive about achieving our targets for year two of the project.

 

2. Promoting Oil, gas and Mining Industry Compliance to Social and Environmental Safe guards in Uganda. Project Funded by Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI) and Open Society Institute For East Africa (OSIEA)

 

This project is being funded by Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI) and Open Society Institute for East Africa (OSIEA). The main objective of the project is to promote social and environmental safeguards amidst oil and mineral development in Uganda for the common good. The two year project is implemented in the districts of Hoima ,Moroto and Mubende.

Project context

Government of Uganda has put in place new policies and enacted new laws to govern the petroleum industry and is in the process of amending the mining policies and laws. It is also revising the regulations governing these policies and laws to make them complaint to the demands and challenges of the industries. Both the oil and mining industry are at different stages of development and are having various social and environmental impacts, yet little is known about whether the industries are complying with existing social and environmental policy, legal and regulatory safeguards. It is therefore important to know whether the emerging policies and legislation are the best/ effective and also to know which safeguards/standards the industries are actually complying with during the interim period as government amends its oil and mining legislation. In addition, there are reports of oil and mining companies causing environmental pollution and degradation that is not monitored and prevented by government agencies.

Aims of the proposed project

  • To analyze the contents and implications of draft mining legislation that is currently under review by government with a of identifying gaps and implementation challenges that remain persistent; their relationships with the country’s new laws and regulations (safeguards) for petroleum, water, land, the environment and social protection and make proposals for amendments going forward.
  • Conduct investigations on how the safeguards are complied with by the oil and mining companies in Uganda.
  • Investigate the impact of compensation and involuntary displacement of oil and mining industry projects on project-affected people.
  • Conduct stakeholder engagements/dialogues on oil and mining industry compliance to social and environmental safeguards;

 

Target audiences of the project

The project target audiences include the following: local communities, Oil companies,local governments, parliament, ministry of energy, ministry of water and environment,), Uganda Wild Life Authority (UWA), National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), Petroleum Exploration and Production Department (PEPD) , the youth, women and others.

 

 

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