CEA Boosting District Covid-19 Task Forces in Uganda
National Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) implementing the CEA programs in Lango, Teso and Karamoja regions of Uganda partner with COVID-19 government task forces to prioritize smallholder farmers needs in government plans to secure and insure communities against the spread of the coronavirus.
National Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) implementing the CEA programs in Lango, Teso and Karamoja regions of Uganda were invited by the government leaders to partner with COVID-19 government task forces in Abim, and Lira districts in northern Uganda and Soroti district in eastern Uganda. The CSOs utilized the platforms to facilitate the prioritization of smallholder farmers needs in government plans to secure and insure communities against the spread of the coronavirus. These included, the distribution of key information updates and context sensitive protective measures.
In Abim district, with support from ICCO Cooperation, Share An Opportunity Uganda was able to facilitate government distribution of soap to 1500 vulnerable households in the sub counties of Awach, Lotuke and Morulem. This went a long way in addressing a gap in access to affordable hygiene materials within the majority of communities that lacked the purchasing power for long-term supplies to maintain hygiene within their large families.
The Church of Uganda (COU-TEDDO) in Soroti district went ahead to remind the government leaders of their responsibility to fulfill the need for increased information on district development mechanisms, an issue that had been frequently raised by farmers during community dialogues prior to the Covid-19 crisis. As a result, the leaders were able to work with the church to ensure that all standard operating procedures on Covid-19 sent by the central government were simplified into the local language and widely disseminated, for increased awareness.
The Civic Engagement Alliance is a joint collaboration between Dutch and southern Civil Society Organizations that advocates for smallholder farmers to access quality and nutritious food, as well as markets. During the Covid-19 pandemic crisis in Uganda, implementing partners were at the forefront of innovations to sustain programmatic gains for smallholder farmers in Karamoja, Lango and Teso sub regions. The program is implemented by Advance Afrika, NGO Forum, Share An Opportunity, Church of Uganda Teso Dioceses Development Offices (COU-TEDDO), Arid land Development Program and Facilitating Peace and Development (FAPAD), with support from ICCO Cooperation.