Strengthening Community empowerment and resilience to climate change in Kotido Project:
The project is supporting in regeneration of depleted biodiversity of Kidepo Landscape by empower 1,000 dependant rural and vulnerable households that live around Kidepo Landscape. Additionally, the project is offering livelihood alternatives, as well as promote innovative climate protection initiatives for sustainable natural resource use by reducing communal dependency on natural resources and promote their sustainable use.
In total 1,000 households living around Kidepo landscape (600 Females and 400 males) are supported to promote environmental conservation activities and enhance their production and productivity improvement, financial inclusion, skills and enterprise development.
The project also sensitizes and encourage the targeted beneficiaries to form a total of 40 Saving and Development Clusters (SDCs), each comprising of 25 members. It is expected that improved productivity and revolving fund in savings groups will boost the economic resilience among beneficiaries by injecting much needed cash directly to local host community of Kotido Landscape.
AYADO offers income-generating activities such as bakery, saloon, soap making, beekeeping, mushroom farming, poultry, milling, goat rearing, poultry, tailoring enterprises to 1,000 vulnerable host households living around Kotido.
Additionally, AYADO enhances access to finance service through Saving for Transformation model (S4T) for their economic empowerment as a means of tackling dependency on environmental natural resources for a living through harmful practices such as bush burning, illegal wildlife trade and deforestation for charcoal burning.
1. Karamoja Biodiversity enhanced:
The project contributed towards climate resilience improvement of terrestrial ecosystems. This was through FMNR and Apiary integration. The project outcomes included increased environment conservation for the households, good coping mechanisms. The project promoted functional tree nursery beds and lorena stoves thus facilitating access alternatives fuel for households.
2. Beneficiaries’ capacity built: project beneficiaries acquired appropriate life skills such as communication, leadership, group dynamics, time management.
3. Improved nutrition: The project promoted vegetable kitchen gardening and growing of food crop varieties that are drought resistant and disease tolerant varieties eg pigeon pea and Narocas1. These lead to additional dietary options and food security for families.
4. Increased access to employment opportunities: The project increased household access to decent employment opportunities, build Sustainable Livelihoods and self-reliance amongst beneficiaries for quality life. AYADO promoted skills building and enterprise development amongst the targeted HH resulting into increased capacity of beneficiaries in production, management and marketing of agricultural and non-agricultural products.
5. Gender Equality, Social cohesion and peaceful coexistence enhanced: The integration of groups with members of different gender (male and females), This integration promoted peaceful coexistence and love. By doing so gender equality was promoted.
6. Increased incomes and resilience: The project organised 500 beneficiaries into 20 groups and support with IGAs. This led to improved resilience and coping mechanisms among HH
…………only when our environment is conserved shall we be guaranteed of tomorrow ………