Enhancing equitable access to water resources for pastoral communities

Authors: IGAD
Date: 2019


This promising practice shows that water sources in Karamoja can be harnessed and put to multiple uses to support diversified livelihoods, such as brick making, aquaculture and small-scale irrigation for vegetable growing. This can be done by constructing multi-purpose dams, valley tanks and wind-powered watering systems in various locations to ensure water availability for pastoral communities. Water infrastructure development has increased access to water for livestock and reduced livestock mortality, particularly during the 4-6-month dry season. Access to water for human consumption increased from 43 percent in 2011 to 68 percent in 2016. Community members, especially women, have diversified their livelihood activities.