The Drought and Flood Mitigation Service project for Uganda is underway

The Drought and Flood Mitigation Service (DFMS) uses improved climate modelling to support drought and flood mitigation in Uganda. As the project is going through development phase, the DFMS team held a workshop in Kampala, Uganda, the region where the project will be implemented.
Team visit

Earlier in July, the team visited Uganda to understand the needs of the farming community and the infrastructure required. Now the team travelled to Kampala, Uganda, from September 18-22, to present the progress of the system to the project’s main stakeholders and partners, and receive their feedback on the undergoing development of the project.

Joseph Epitu, from the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment, opened the workshop, which was joined by government bodies, earth observation companies, regional organizations and communities, and academic groups. The different stakeholder groups had the chance to have a preview of the initial development phase of DFMS, provided valuable feedback on the project, and outlined the main points to be covered by the DFMS in the phases coming up.

During their visit to the country, the DFMS team also met with different partners and project stakeholders to get their insights on the progress of the DFMS to date.

Acting High Commissioner Sarah Mann meets officials from RHEA Group and the Drought and Flood Mitigation Service (DFMS) team.

Acting High Commissioner Sarah Mann meets officials from RHEA Group and the Drought and Flood Mitigation Service (DFMS) team.

 

Funded by the UK Space Agency and led by the RHEA Group, the DFMS aims to improve climate modelling and its impact on agriculture through the development of an Environment Early Warning Platform (EWP).The project is part of the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP), a 5-year, £152 million programs designed to partner UK space expertise with governments and organizations in emerging and developing economies around the world in order to deliver a sustainable economic or societal benefit.

RHEA Group is leading a consortium composed of UK companies that include the Met Office, Environment Systems, Pixalytics, Databasix, AA International, AgriTechTalk International, HR Wallingford, Mercy Corps, and Oxford Policy Management. The consortium will work with international partners including the Uganda Government Ministries, Kakira Sugar Company, and the NGO Green Dreams/iCOW.

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