Our work

We engage in climate policy processes, information generation through research, and facilitate active dialogue among the youth and environment practitioners

Research on Soil Organic Carbon Status in Agricultural Systems in Six (6) Countries of East Africa (AgriFOSE 1).

The 4 per mille target is a global aspiration to sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere into soils. This can contribute substantially to climate mitigation and reduce global warming.Through photosynthesis, CO2 is taken from the atmosphere to produce plant biomass and by returning plant and animal residues into farmlands and minimizing soil disturbance, it can be stored in the form of soil organic carbon for many years. It is said that African degraded lands have a large potential to sequester carbon. This research sought to generate evidence that this is possible, to inform policies in East Africa. It was done together with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

Study on food security and environmental tradeoffs in East Africa (AgriFOSE 2).

We are coordinating a regional task force to implement this study in partnership with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Various studies have been published in peer reviewed journals on the potential to increase crop yield while minimizing environmental trade-offs through ecologically sustainable agricultural practices (integrated land use or land sharing) on the one hand; and through agricultural intensification on land segregated from that intended for conservation (land sparing) on the other.  In this study we seek to make such information accessible to decision makers in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania by synthesizing it in ways that respond to questions policy makers ask. It was kick-started with knowledge needs assessment meetings with stakeholders in each country.

Technological Needs Assessment (TNA).

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is running a project worldwide, termed Technology Needs Assessment (TNA), where governments prioritise sectors, for which they identify appropriate technologies to use to adapt to or mitigate climate change. Stakeholders in Uganda identified water, agriculture, forestry and energy. We are facilitating the assessment of technologies that address Uganda’s climate adaptation needs in the agriculture and water sectors. This project is implemented by the UNEP DTU partnership, Denmark and coordinated by the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST). The government of Uganda will write proposals at the end of this project, to seek support in implementing these technologies.

Technology, Markets and Investment for Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Development (TEMARIN

We are coordinating a regional task force to implement this study in partnership with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Various studies have been published in peer reviewed journals on the potential to increase crop yield while minimizing environmental trade-offs through ecologically sustainable agricultural practices (integrated land use or land sharing) on the one hand; and through agricultural intensification on land segregated from that intended for conservation (land sparing) on the other.  In this study we seek to make such information accessible to decision makers in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania by synthesizing it in ways that respond to questions policy makers ask. It was kick-started with knowledge needs assessment meetings with stakeholders in each country.

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