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Policy action for nutrition-sensitive climate-smart agriculture in Uganda and Ethiopia

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Project description

The project seeks to aid the governments of Uganda and Ethiopia with scientific evidence to support policy action for climate-smart agriculture and to align this with nutrition and gender-sensitive needs. The project aims to understand the initiatives that the governments and non-state actors have been employing to address food and nutrition insecurity, as well as the institutional infrastructure in place and to align this with previous CCAFS work on mainstreaming climate change into policy. Furthermore, the project aims to identify pathways for scaling nutrition-sensitive technologies taking into consideration the threat of climate change. It aims to conduct participatory policy analysis with farming communities and scenario-based land use planning to inform climate adaptation priorities and nutrition/gender concerns at district level.


  • Organizing engagement actions through learning alliance forums and other channels for policy engagement
  • Holding scenario guided policy and land use planning workshops
  • Engaging high-level policymakers outside learning alliances

Expected outcomes

Using CGIAR and CCAFS-generated evidence, policymakers will facilitate the adoption of and investment in nutrition-sensitive and climate-resilient policies. Extention workers will adopt the se of tools and methodologies that facilitate nutrition-sensitive adaptation delivery mechanisms. In both Uganda and Ethiopia, the project will use evidence to engage policymakers through learning alliances at the local levels and through specialized meetings including policy windows that exist in the countries. The project will influence organizations and institutions at sub-national levels in both Uganda and Ethiopia, adapting plans and directing investment to optimize consumption of diverse nutrient-rich foods, with all plans and investments examined for their gender implications.

Gender and youth

The project aims to map out nutritional needs, opportunities and constraints of men, women and youth along the systems pathway based on the impact of climate change on their livelihoods.

Moreover, in the first phase of Policy Action for Climate Change Adaptation (PACCA), efforts aiming at improving climate change adaptation were found to be hampered by a number of issues at both policymaking and implementation levels. The study for gender budgeting in climate change initiatives revealed a big gap that necessitates interventions. It was found that a majority of local governments' plans and strategies are gender blind and those that mention gender do not assign budget resources. Where budgets are given, the activities on which money is spent are not gender transformative. This project seeks to both further understand gender budgeting and engage with decision-makers to improve practices.


Further information

For more information, please contact project leader Perez Muchunguzi, IITA ( or Patricia Bamanyaki, IITA (