Small scale farmers in Africa are hugely vulnerable to climate change. That is why OVO, together with 4 other partners, is starting the MACCA project. The goal: sustainable agriculture, higher harvests and a fair income.
Measures Against Climate Change in Agriculture - in short MACCA - wants to strengthen small farmers in Uganda against climate change. Climate change is increasing the extreme temperatures and droughts, with a disastrous impact on agricultural yields.
A two-track project
Therefore, MACCA wants to use CLIMTAG, a dashboard that shares reliable, region-specific climate information. This will enable farmers to anticipate and adjust their sowing and harvesting processes.
At the same time, the project wants to empower at least 500 female smallholder maize farmers in the Busoga region. The project will provide them with training in agroecology, affordable loans to expand sustainable farming activities and access to direct sales on the Ugandan market.
This way, the women can increase their agricultural yields, generate a higher family income and improve their standard of living. The focus is on the Busoga region, the poorest region in Uganda over the past decade.