Policy Briefs

Mobile Veterinary Clinics: A proposal for livestock disease management in Karamoja .

Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda is home to a number of pastoralist and agro- pastoralist peoples relying traditionally on mobile livestock production and small-scale agriculture for their livelihoods. Karamoja also holds about 20% of Uganda’s cattle population, 16% of goat,50% of sheep, and 90% of the donkey population, as well as all camels present in Uganda! Given the harsh climatic conditions prevailing in Karamoja, the region’s  pastoralists depend on high levels of herd mobility and extensive use of range lands so as to tackle temporal and
spatial variations in resource availability. Among the numerous challenges faced by herders in livestock production is the poor state of veterinary service delivery in the region.

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Water Is Milk: Exploring the nexus between climate change, access to water and food security in Karamoja.

When KDF first visited Nabokor water dam constructed by government about 40 kilometers north of Moroto town, we were amazed at how and why livestock in such numbers had gathered at the site. According to Lokorikebe, the leader of Moruadakai kraal “this water is our life.”
Elder Aluk from the same kraal also said “this water is milk. Our cows cannot give enough milk now because of drought. You cannot even get enough blood from these cows. The cows have also dried up. We need water for both animals and humans.”
Water is used for domestic purposes as well as for watering livestock. Water is mostly fetched from boreholes, constructed dams, swamps and rivers.

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Camel keeping in Karamoja