Climate & Weather
Improved ability to anticipate changes in weather and to adopt different practices that make their farms and homes more resilient.
Take-up of alternative subsistence and livelihood activities, such as mushroom growing and poultry keeping, to diversify food and income sources.
Sustainable Land Management
Improved land management techniques, to increase yields and prevent soil erosion during heavy rains.
National-Scale Impact Based Forecasting of Flood Risk in Uganda (NIMFRU) project
2019 - 2020
ECOTRUST had the opportunity to play a lead implementing role in the Farmers’ Voice Radio (FVR) component of the NIMFRU (National-Scale Impact Based Forecasting of Flood Risk in Uganda) research project (2019 – 2020), targeting the flood affected communities of Katakwi district, Eastern Uganda.
Episodes of the radio programme dubbed “Akautu Akoriok” which translates to ‘Farmers See Light’ were broadcast weekly over the duration of 9 months by ETOP Radio – Soroti to approximately 67,000 people across the Teso landscape (Eastern Uganda).
2019 - 2020
The NIMFRU – FVR project saw the adoption of new practices amongst target communities in Katakwi district such as cultivation on higher land; planting of fast maturing crops; greater food preservation; construction of stronger houses using burnt bricks and other damp-proof materials; building trenches to avert flash floods etc..building the resilience of these vulnerable communities to climate change effects.
Farmers' Voice Radio (FVR) for Mount Elgon
2020 - 2021
The FVR approach extended to the Mount Elgon landscape in August 2020 under the Farmers’ Voice Radio (FVR) for Mount Elgon Project, led by ECOTRUST, working with local partners MEACCE (Mt Elgon Agroforestry Communities Cooperative Enterprise Ltd.) and RA (Rainforest Alliance).
FVR for Mount Elgon, supported by the Lorna Young Foundation, with funding from Guernsey Overseas Aid and Development Commission and Rainforest Alliance, aims to improve knowledge, attitudes, and practices in sustainable coffee production in the Mount Elgon region (Eastern Uganda) focusing primarily on 3000 plus cooperative farmers.
Topics of discussion for the radio programmes revolve around the five following thematic areas of;
Residents of the Mount Elgon region can tune into Open Gate FM – every Monday at 2:30pm and Friday at 7:00pm and listen for “Mwikoyo Gwe’ mwanyi” or Elgon FM Kapchorwa every Thursday at 8pm and Saturday at 10 am for the Kupsabiny version.