aBi joined several other organisation and entities at the 2nd National Climate Change Symposium organised by the Daily Monitor and the Ministry of Water and Environment on 4th July 2019 at Hotel Africana. The symposium organised under the theme of “accelerating climate actions through innovations” provided a platform for an open dialogue on climate change between relevant stakeholders to deliberate on Uganda’s development and showcase innovations that can be implemented to mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts.
In his speech, Rt. Honorable 2nd Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Moses Ali noted that climate change was causing severe floods which have damaging several infrastructures such as the road network thus causing food insecurity and hindering socio-economic development.
The government further commended aBi and other partners for their efforts to support the implementation of the 2nd National Development Plan through their effort in mitigating against climate change. The public was also urged to demand for accountability and action from the relevant stakeholders on climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Speaking at the event, Josephine Mukumbya, aBi Group C.E.O said, “since inception in 2010, aBi has made substantial investments in Agribusiness development and more recently from 2014 has supported interventions that strengthen resilience against resource depletion and climate change effects. Our efforts have been geared towards increasing awareness, enhancing resilience, supporting adaptation and mitigation against the impact of climate change for agri-businesses through climate smart investments”
She further gave a detailed account on the efforts being made to adapt to the current climate change challenges per value chain saying; “Some specific examples of supported interventions by sub sector include; heavy investment made in milk cooling equipment which are highly energy efficient and as such use less fuel. For cereals and coffee value chains, all investments made in procuring equipment for value addition and quality management improvements consider energy efficiency and good waste management. In addition, is supporting irrigation, water harvesting, agro-forestry and natural soil fertility management, to mention but a few”
The event which was attended by government officials, development partners and the public further focused on issues of gender and climate, private sector engagement in climate change as well as opportunities for climate financing. This event was sponsored by aBi, GIZ and UNDP.
The symposium was climaxed by award of winners in the climate action challenge and an exhibition by the different actors in climate change