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How are East Africans surviving amidst climate change?

By Fredrick Mugira

Added 12th September 2020 07:51 PM

Farmers, unable to rely on traditional rain cycles, are feeling the worst of the effects.

How are East Africans surviving amidst climate change?

A resident of Ariwa village in Arua, northern Uganda, using charcoal briquettes for cooking. (Courtesy photo)

Farmers, unable to rely on traditional rain cycles, are feeling the worst of the effects.

ENVIRONMENT

Youth in communities across East Africa are innovating to adapt to the region's changing climate, a year-long cross-border project led by InfoNile has found.

In East Africa, temperatures have risen by about 1.3 degrees Celsius since 1960 and are expected to rise by another 1.8 to 4.3 degrees by 2080 to 2099, according to UNDP. Average rainfall will increase overall but at the same time with unpredictable rains, an increase in intense storms and more droughts.
 
Farmers, unable to rely on traditional rain cycles, are feeling the worst of the effects. Unusual rainfall has also caused Lake Victoria to burst its shoreline, submerging beachside communities and displacing more than 200,000 people in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
 
But from Bushenyi in Uganda to Nakuru in Kenya, Nyamagabe in Rwanda to Morogoro in Tanzania, youths are paving the way for change, and bringing hope.
 
Reporters for InfoNile, a collaborative cross-border group of geojournalists, highlighted little-known innovations led by youth in East Africa that are helping communities adapt to climate change.

These include planting trees to prevent landslides in eastern Uganda, selling briquettes to promote clean energy in refugee settlements, starting drip irrigation projects for Tanzanian farmers and building terrace farms along the banks of the Nyabarongo River in Rwanda.
 
Funded by the CIVICUS Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator, the project involved journalists from major news organizations in the region, including New Vision.
 
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