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CTA Annual Seminar is on Again.

Uganda Water sector

With the theme: Closing the knowledge Gap: Intergrated Water Management for Sustainable Agriculture. The CTA annual seminar is scheduled to take place in Pretoria, SouthAfrica from 22nd -26th November 2010.
How to be part of the 2010 CTA seminar:
You are invited to send your proposals for seminar papers and poster presentations for the CTA 2010 seminar on ‘Closing the Knowledge Gap: Integrated Water Management for Sustainable Agriculture’. Abstracts are welcome from experts and stakeholders in the following main themes:
  • Water Availability and Access
  • Public Policy and Investment
  • Water and Society
  • Knowledge Support Systems
For more details please visit: CTA2010 Annual Seminnar
The Water Sector in Uganda:
The water sector is one of the priority sectors in Uganda, as it directly impacts on the quality of life of the people and overall productivity of the population. Water supply and sanitation are among the key issues emphasized under the national Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP), which is the key government framework for ensuring poverty eradication through creation of an enabling environment for rapid economic development and social transformation.
Water is a key strategic resource, vital for sustaining life, promoting development and maintaining the environment. Access to clean and safe water and improved sanitation facilities and practices are pre-requisites to a health population and therefore have a direct impact on the quality of life and productivity of the population. Besides domestic water supply, water is also vital for: Livestock Water Supply, Industrial Water Supply, Hydropower generation, Agriculture, Marine Transport, Fisheries, Waste Discharge, Tourism, and Environmental Conservation. Water, therefore, significantly contributes to the national socio-economic development and thus poverty eradication.
Despite Uganda’s being well endowed with significant freshwater resources, the challenges of rapid population growth, increased urbanization and industrialization, uncontrolled environmental degradation and pollution are leading to accelerated depletion and degradation of the available water resources. Uganda is also faced with the challenge of low safe water coverage (59% rural and 65% urban, as of December 2003).
In order to meet the above challenges, government initiated reforms in the water sector, in 1997, to ensure that water services are provided and managed with increased efficiency and cost effectiveness. Comprehensive sector reform studies have been going on since 1998 and are due to be completed by August 2004. During these studies, detailed situation analysis of the sector was carried out resulting in the preparation of a comprehensive water sector Strategy, investment plans and time bound national targets for the sector up to 2015. In demonstrating its commitment to the reform process, government has already embarked on the process of implementing some of the strategic recommendations from these studies.
One of the key strategic outcomes from the reform studies is the adoption of a ‘Sector Wide Approach to Planning (SWAP)’ for the sector. The SWAP framework, which has been embraced by both government and the water sector development partners, has already proved to be themost appropriate mechanism for resources mobilization and implementation of the action plans. The SWAP framework also guarantees the participation of all stakeholders in the planning and implementation of water sector activities.
 (Extracted from Uganda National Water Developmet Report-2005)

CTA celebrates 25th Anniversary .

A silver anniversary marks a milestone for any organization. It seemed appropriate then, that the 25th anniversary of CTA’s existence was celebrated in style in Brussels, Belgium during the CTA seminar whose theme was “The role of Media in the agriculture and rural Development of ACP countries.” A total of 150 participants from Africa, the pacific and Caribbean attended the annual seminar which took place in Brussels. Representatives from the ACP and EU embassies based in Brusssels were invited to the ceremony which was held at the historical palais des colonies in Truven Brussels. The CTA annual seminar 2009 was characterized with a number of Panel discussions which were usually followed by instructive discussions on the role of Journalists in Agricultural development. Scientists, researchers and heads of media houses from Africa, the Pacific and Caribbean had a feeling that Journalists always majored on reporting politics, scandals and sports rather than Agriculture. They added that the journalists mainly did it to satisfy politicians. The response from Journalists was quick, they said that the logic applied to current events and the information collection and processing techniques are universal, in other words, they are not specific to any given sector. The media which is one of the strategic links in the information dissemination and transmission chain between the various stakeholders in agriculture and rural development in African, Caribbean and pacific countries is key in information dissemination on agricultural issues. At the 2009 CTA seminar a number of topics were tackled on how the media can be brought on board to report on Agricultural issues. These topics included: 1. Mainstreaming Media in development: The way to go. 2. How can media better serve rural communities? 3. Media and ARID issues 4. Media and climate change 5. Media and Gender equality 6. Contribution of media to Agricultural policy programming and knowledge management. 7. Building the capacity of media in Agriculture and rural development 8. Media, emerging and new media service and ICTs. Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), one of the participating organizations from Uganda had the privilege to make a present on the role of web 2.0 tools for sustainable agriculture in Uganda. This panel presentation which was derived from a broad topic of “Media, emerging and new services and ICTs” was very important during this seminar. It was noted that web 2.0 tools/technologies were a new form of media not only in Africa but also in the pacific and Caribbean. The web 2.0 tools that were mainly discussed included twitter, YouTube, Face book, RSS, blogs, wikis, word press and Google alerts. The presentation focused on how these various web 2.0 tools can be used by farmers for sustainable agriculture and what potential they had in terms of increasing production, diversifying productivity and reducing risks. However, participants from various organizations were cautioned to only use web 2.0 tools that the promote cause of the organization’s goal if the benefits are to trickle down to the users. This is because web 2.0 tools are too many and more are emerging. With this year’s theme “The role of media in agricultural and rural development of ACP countries” it was clearly noted that sustainable agriculture is the only basis on which humanity can be sustained meaning that if agriculture is unsustainable, then the human species in unsustainable too and involving the media in information collection, sharing, packaging, and dissemination was very important in achieving sustainability of Agriculture in ACP countries. The seminar took place at a time when the rest of the world was participating and celebrating in two key agricultural related events of Blog action day with the theme “Climate change” on 15/10/2009 and world food day with the theme “Achieving food security in times of crisis” 16/10/2009. For more details about the CTA seminar please visit their website: http://www.cta.int Follow CTA on twitter at: http://twitter.com/Media4Dev Written By Maureen Agena.