Supporting Farmer Innovations in Sanitation to Curb Covid-19 Spread
The CEA program partnered with district government authorities in Lango, Teso and Karamoja regions of Uganda to support smallholder farmers to set-up quality Tippy-Taps in their homes, businesses, and local marketplaces and strengthen hand washing practices.
Following a total lock down on all movements, except for essential services, instituted by the Uganda government to control the spread of Covid-19 in the country, rural communities in Lango, Karamoja and Teso regions were faced with the challenge of ensuring regular hand washing and communal surface cleaning protocols, following the issuance of mandatory safety guidelines instituted by the Ministry of Health. With running water limited to homes within towns, village homesteads were at high risk of infection, especially from truck drivers transporting goods from affected countries in the region into Uganda through porous borders.
CEA partners therefore partnered with district government authorities to build the capacity of smallholder farmers in the set-up of quality Tippy-Taps in homes, businesses, and local marketplaces. 50 smallholder farmers from two farmer associations in Abim district benefitted from the training, and were able to install units in their households to strengthen hand washing practices.
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.