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Uganda

Lead agency: The National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS). See all partners.

HIV/AIDS and agricultural mitigation activities

In Uganda, the HIV/AIDS impact study findings were shared with stakeholders in Masaka and Luweero districts in June, involving local government departments, civil society organizations, faith-based organisations and extension workers from communities where the study was conducted. Stakeholders identified local initiatives to collaborate with in future responses and suggested a range of possible mitigation strategies that included promotion of labour saving technologies, improving nutrition, encouraging labour pooling, reinforcing community based mechanisms to preserve local knowledge and diversification of livelihoods. Based on these suggestions, the IP decided to implement the following two projects in Uganda:

  • HIV/AIDS integral resource training materials: The project will mainly focus on the development of training materials for frontline extension workers and a sensitisation workshop at the districts level in Masaka, Iganga and Luweero districts. A joint undertaking by IP and FNPP (FAO Netherland's Partnership Programme) in Masaka will support institutional analysis and training of front-line extension workers and CBO staff in Bukakata Sub-County. The resource material will enable agriculture extension workers to address emerging needs of households affected by HIV/AIDS, and to advise on appropriate responses.
    Collaborating services/programmes at FAO/HQ: FNPP, SDAR, ESNP, SDRE and SDW.

  • A participatory communication campaign: This project will design and test a participatory multi-media communication campaign on HIV/AIDS and agriculture by using radio, posters and community theatre in Masaka and Luweero. The campaign aims at improving local awareness and up-take of messages related to what households and communities can practically do to tackle and alleviate some of the negative impacts of HIV/AIDS on their livelihoods, agricultural production and food security. The messages will be linked to the resource training material above. A local NGO, the Uganda Media Women Association (UMWA), will assist in the coordination of the campaign.
    Collaborating services at FAO/HQ: SDRE and SDW.

The IP has established multi-sectoral groups at district and national level to participate in the development of training resource materials and to design the communication campaign. These groups ensure representation of the local needs and ownership of the products.

See also mitigation activities in Namibia and Zambia.


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