Uganda: ‘Climate change to trigger next World War’
Christopher Kibazanga, speaking at the launch of the Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security (EBAFOSA) – a new platform that aims to encourage smart agriculture practices among Ugandan farmers – said mismanagement of the environment in many parts of the world accelerated climate change.
“With the increased adverse effects of climate change on Uganda and many other countries, there are more chances that, in future, we shall not be able to grow enough food to sustain ourselves and, hence, the end will be wars that will eventually erase mankind,” he said.
According to the ministry’s extension officer, Robert Kanyike, “The rate at which forests are being destroyed by poachers is alarming. In the last 10 years, over a half of Uganda’s forest cover has been destroyed by people who cut down trees to make charcoal,” adding that a drought would soon lead to food shortages in the country.
EBAFOSA Uganda chapter president, Patrick Luganda said farmers should embrace smart agriculture systems that will sustain the environment for future food production and address food security issues in the country.
Rains have been scarce in most parts of the country and food crops have withered, following a series of torrential rains and floods late last year and in early 2016.