Published: 09 May 2018
From 19-29 March,2018,the Nile Basin Discourse Forum Rwanda (NBDF) and Partners trained farmers on Climate Change- Impacts & Adaptation for sustainable agriculture in Bugesera District. The training is part of the project entitled “Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in a Changing Climate in Bugesera District.
The training was organized in partnership with Rwanda Environmental Conservation Organization (RECOR), the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological (SMHI) Nordic Climate Facility (NCF), and Swedish development cooperation Agency SIDA).
Forty one (41) farmers were trained as trainers and they are expected to conduct progressive trainings for other farmers in the project areas. The project is implemented in four Sectors (Kamabuye, Ngeruka, Rweru and Nyarugenge) of Bugesera District.
The training emphasized on how to mitigate and adapt to Climate Change effects, in-depth analysis on agricultural systems, transports systems, human settlement, energy systems, and health systems.
During the training, participants looked at Climate Change as the most global challenge of our time that affects cross-cutting sectors of human survival; hence, it must be dealt with without boundaries.
Group work focused discussions were dedicated to trainees’ expectations and identification of challenges with regard to the course and upcoming role as trainers; observations of climate change and its impacts, visions for Bugesera; how to cope with climate risks, etc.
The course has also facilitated the development of a training handbook that was translated into Kinyarwanda and English for ease of farmers being champions for scaling up the trainings results further.