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Working In Partnership With Danchurchaid (Dca)

CPAR Uganda’s overall strategic objective is for Ugandan rural men, women and children to lead healthy and dignified lives, during which their rights are respected and their basic and genuine needs are met. CPAR Uganda’s overall strategic purpose, therefore, is to ensure that households in rural Uganda ably meet the basic and genuine needs of their members – that they have access to sufficient and nutritious food, clothing, housing, health care and clean water – and that they have sufficient livelihoods. 

For more on CPAR Uganda please visit our website www.cparuganda.com and our webpage www.facebook.com/cparugandalimited.

Since 2010 CPAR Uganda is in partnership with DCA www.danchurchaid.org; during which period DCA has provided funding and expertise to CPAR Uganda for the implementation of food security programmes in Karamoja in North-Eastern Uganda. The most recent being the Karamoja Livelihood Programme (KALIP), which was funded by the European Union (EU) and the Government of Uganda (GOU) through DCA. During a 20-months period, from 2012 to 2013, CPAR Uganda successfully implemented KALIP in consortium with DCA and two other DCA partners. The activities which CPAR Uganda implemented under the DCA KALIP Consortium benefited an estimated 36,000 members of 4,500 agro-pastoralist households in Nakapiripirit and Amudat Districts. KALIP beneficiaries received from CPAR Uganda training on group dynamics and various topics on crop agronomy – from selection of gardens and enterprises through post harvest handling to consumption. Through CPAR Uganda, the KALIP provided land opening services for beneficiaries – opening 912 acres of land. CPAR Uganda, utilising KALIP funding, provided beneficiaries with well sourced seeds, farm implements and other inputs which enabled the beneficiaries to increase their agricultural production.

Prior to the KALIP, the first project that CPAR Uganda implemented in partnership with DCA was titled: “A food security programme at heightened vulnerability in Abim District, Karamoja Sub-Region.” The external evaluation of this two year project, which CPAR Uganda implemented from 2010 to 2012, found that CPAR Uganda had succeeded in enabling the participating agro-pastoralists to increase their agricultural yields – producing sufficient food for their consumption and surpluses for the market. The project evaluation also found that CPAR Uganda had succeeded in contributing to improved nutrition among households of the participating agro-pastoralist – the proportion of households that consumed an average of two meals a day tripled, as compared to pre-project when over 70 percent of those households consumed only one meal a day.

Discussions between CPAR Uganda and DCA are in an advanced stage for the two organisations to partner in implementing a three year programme (2015 to 2017) titled: “Enabling Pokot a semi-nomadic pastoralist way of life for their livelihoods, food and nutrition sovereignty and security”. Through this programme, CPAR Uganda with financial and expert support from DCA will work towards improved standards of living for semi-nomadic agro-pastoralists, while ensuring that the improved standards of living are attained through the prevalence of long term food and nutrition sovereignty and security, which is attained through the self-reliant participatory efforts of the targeted semi-nomadic agro-pastoralists. This programme is thus contextualised within the spirit and the philosophy of DCA’s rights based programming.  Meaning that DCA and CPAR Uganda recognise the link between food security/insecurity and the level of active citizenship among a particular community – the ability of citizens to demand their rights from duty bearers and the appreciation of citizens that it is their responsibility to actively and fully participate in ensuring their own food and nutrition sovereignty and security.

 

 

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