IGAD to Set Up Drought Emergency Fund

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Mr Museveni made these remarks today while welcoming the visiting IGAD member countries’ leaders and guests to the 2nd summit on drought resilience held at Speke Resort Munyonyo near Kampala city, according to the President’s Special Communications Assistant, Ms Sarah Kagingo.

The summit that ran under the theme ‘Investing Differently to End Drought Emergencies in the IGAD Region” was attended by the current Chairman of the group, who is also the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, the Rt. Hon. Desalegn Hailemariam, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, the Rt. Hon Abdiwelli Mohamed, the Vice President of the Republic of Sudan, Mr. Hassabo Mohamed Abdelrahman, the Minister of Transport of South Sudan, Mr. Martin Tako, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary in charge of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Amina Mohamed, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Live stock of Djibouti Mr. Mohamed Ahmed Awaleh and the IGAD Executive Secretary, Ambassador Mahboub Maalim.

President Museveni who stressed that a fund be set up to ensure the gradual recovery of wet lands and forests from peasants, pointed out that IGAD was created in 1986 to address the issue of drought adding, that after one decade, the functions of the Regional group were broadened to include development, peace and security.

President Museveni told guests at the summit that Uganda has just experienced along spell of drought that has affected the environment in most parts, citing Mount Ruwenzori whose 4 peaks out of the 5 have lost most of the snow that used to be on them.

He blamed the phenomenon of climate change and global warming that today affects the whole world to the lifestyles, industrialisation and deforestation.

He called on the industrialised world to cut their emissions describing the trend as a new form of aggression that must be resisted.

The President also pointed out that while the blame goes to the developed countries for the climate change, IGAD member countries are equally responsible for that change because of delaying industrialisation, inadequate electrification and relying mainly on biomass energy and fire wood for cooking where in Uganda 32.8 million cubic meters of wood are destroyed annually.

He added that other factors include, primitive agriculture on account of subsistence farming that leads to low yields and land fragmentation and the destruction of wetlands and forests and overstocking.

President Museveni explained that according to scientists, 60% of the rain in Uganda is from the Pacific and Indian oceans and 40% is from the local moisture.

He said drying wetlands and deforestation endangers the 40% of the rain the country should be getting.

He also cited that West Nile region in Uganda, which is on the same latitude with Karamoja and yet gets more rain because of the forests in West Congo and the swamps in South Sudan.

The President, therefore, emphasised that IGAD must invest on sustainable energy and Infrastructure.

He called for a joint intervention by IGAD member nations in mitigating drought emergencies adding that in Uganda government has put in place policy frame works that check drought tragedies.

President Museveni emphasiSed the need for the world to continue to search for durable solutions to climate change, governments to invest in scientists and research institutions as well as resist environmental degradation.

The Vice President of the Republic of Sudan Hassabo Mohamed Abdelrahman said drought needs more cooperation, sharing of ideas and experiences beyond the IGAD region.

The Chairman of IGAD who is also the Prime Minister of Ethiopia the Rt. Hon Hailemariam Desalegn said his country is undertaking a number of steps to implement the Nairobi declaration reached in September 2010.

He said a pastoral livestock plan is in place to develop the area in Ethiopia especially with infrastructure.

The Prime Minister of Somalia the Rt. Hon. Abdiwelli Mohamed expressed the need to work together, be prepared at all times to respond to such tragedies.

Other speakers at the Summit included the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Foreign Affairs in Kenya Hon. Amina Mohamed, the Djibouti Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Live Stock Mohamed Ahmed Awaleh, who emphasized the need to strive together to mitigate drought disaster emergencies in the IGAD region.

The summit later closed with a declaration that mainly reaffirmed the commitment of member states, development partners, UN agencies and the Private Sector in the region to the drought resilience initiative.

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