Member countries of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have called for collective action at regional level to end the drought emergencies.
The minister of state for Karamoj, Moses Kizige while addressing IGAD’s 8th meeting of the Platform Steering Committee in Entebbe said the country has witnessed devastating impacts of climate change that have had severe effect on people’s lives and the general economic growth.
During the conference held in Entebbe, Kizige said the dry spells are so severe, that the devastating effect have taken toll on the economic potential of the region.
“People can hardly plant any crop because of the severe weather,” he said.
He added that that apart from loss of animals due to diseases, there is also tension created due to struggle for the water a cause that needs to be enhanced under the IDDRSI arrangement.
He urged members to launch the IGAD unit in Moroto to coordinate implementation of drought resilience interventions in the region.
Mohamed Moussa the director of Agriculture and Environment Division at IGAD said the initiative which is in its fifth year running has found fertile ground in responding to the challenges of the ecological circumstances in the region.