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NEWS

Hear International (HI) in partnership with Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) with financial support from Center for Disease Control (CDC) is delivering life supporting Anti-retroviral drugs to People Living with HIV/AIDS during the lockdown period due to COVID-19 Pandemic in Arua and Madi-Okollo districts. The delivery of the anti-retroviral drugs commenced on 1st April, 2020 to-date.
Hear International (HI) is disseminating its Child Safeguarding Policy to the beneficiary communities and other key stakeholders like schools, churches, Lower Local Governments among others. HI recognizes that abuse of power has led, and continues to lead, to many forms of exploitation and abuse. The nature of our work creates a power differential between those employed by or working with HI and programme participants. We acknowledge that the potential exists for those who work with programme participants to abuse their position of power.



EVENTS

Hear International (HI) is holding its 16th Annual General Meeting on 29th October, 2020. It is expected to be attended by all subscribing members of the organization. Key issues to propel the growth and development of the organization and the beneficiary communities will be discussed during the meeting.

 

Climate Change

Climate change is a significant time variation in weather patterns occurring over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. Climate change may refer to a change in average weather conditions, or in the time variation of weather around longer-term average conditions (i.e., more or fewer extreme weather events). Climate change is caused by factors such as biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics, and volcanic eruptions. Certain human activities have also been identified as significant causes of recent climate change, often referred to as "global warming".

Uganda is already experiencing negative impacts from a variable and changing climate. Some of the indicators of climate change include recurring weather variability, floods, droughts and temperature changes. To use temperature change, for example, analysis of both minimum and maximum temperatures based on the standard seasons of December-January-February and May- June-July (Uganda Metrological Department in Republic of Uganda, 2010) reveals that the rise in temperatures over the northern parts of the country is relatively higher than in other parts. During the coming decades Uganda’s agricultural households will continue to face significant challenges, including a deteriorating natural resource base and eroding ecosystem services, and reduced access to land due to a rapidly rising population – in addition to the ongoing threats of conflict and economic crisis.

While fully recognizing the importance of all of these factors, Hear International (HI) focuses on the additional pressure that Uganda’s agricultural households face as a result of current and potential future impacts of climate change. The systemic vulnerability of households stems from the fact that they depend heavily oncrops whose value chains are sensitive to climate variability and change; any change in food production critically increases overall vulnerability in Uganda. For example, maize is an essential part of the diet of the most vulnerable households in Uganda, and they sell a small portion of their harvest; yet this small amount of maize they sell represents a significant source of cash for the household. However, Hear International (HI) focuses on generating knowledge and sharing information related to climate changeadaptation and mitigation in Uganda to reduce on climate change related vulnerability in the country.Hear International (HI) also intends to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of farmer groups to experiment with new ideas and to adapt them to local environmental and social conditions. Promote active participation and leadership by women and men, old and young, and poor and “better-off” to assure the best mix of adaptive innovations to climate change.
  • Strengthen the capacity of farmer groups, farmer organizations and Community Based Organizationsto link laterally amongst themselvesand vertically with other research institutions at district and national levelsto scale up the dissemination of successful climate change related innovations and adaptations
  • Develop a wide range of farm management strategies focused on sustainable diversification and intensification of farming, soil and water conservation, agroforestry and post-harvest storage strategies from which farmers can choose.

 


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