In Uganda agriculture is subject to climate change events such as episodes of drought and irregular rains. In the Kalungu district, the four new irrigation systems installed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), through EU GCCA+ founding, are very timely and will improve water supply for farmers, increasing their harvests.
Unlike conventional irrigation systems that run on diesel pumps, these small-scale irrigation systems are powered by solar photovoltaic energy. They allow farmers to reduce their electricity bills, as well as their carbon dioxide emissions.
According to FAO, each irrigation system costs 260 million Ugandan shillings, more than $ 73,000. They were acquired as part of the European Union climate initiative, Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (EU GCCA +) in Uganda.