Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Transforms Pastoral Livelihoods
The resilience of a household depends primarily on the options available for making a living. This includes its access to assets, income-generating activities, public services and social safety nets . Livelihood resilience under RPLRP is defined as: (i) sustained and maintained assets of pastoralists and agro-pastoralists; (ii) sustained and maintained means of making a living; and (iii) strengthening of livelihood activities and income. In all pastoral communities Livestock farming is an important factor in the livelihoods of pastoral communities. Prior to the Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project (RPLRP), livestock farmers were grappling with issues such as long drought spell, lack of pasture and several livestock diseases among others.
However, with support from the World Bank funded project that is being implemented under the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) framework, the livestock farming industry in the Far East and North Eastern region of the country has taken a positive turn. The project has been under implementation in three project countries namely Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda under IGAD since 2015. In Uganda the project has been implemented for 3 years.
Different interventions have been implemented targeting pastoral and agro pastoral communities in the 12 project districts of Abim, Amudat, Amuria, Bukedde, Kaabong, Katakwi, Kotido, Kumi, Kween, Moroto, Nakapiripirit and Napak. The project is targeting 42,000 households in Uganda whose livelihoods mainly rely on pastoral activities, including but not limited to livestock keeping, processing or marketing.
To transform the lives of the farmers in its project areas, improved breeds such as the Gala goats, Boer goats and Sahiwal bulls have been introduced to improve livestock production hence household income in its 12 project districts. So far the project has supplied 1800 Gala and Boer goats and 360 Sahiwal Bulls to the 12 districts where the project is being implemented.