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Ugandans to Use Mobile Phones to Identify Fake Agro-Products

The World Bank has unveiled USD 16bn for climate resilience and adaptation in Africa that faces the most severe impact of climate change though the continent emits the smallest amount of carbon emissions into the air.

Noting the significant impact climatic activities have on African people and countries, order http://chuckatuckhistory.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-upload-media-v1-1-endpoint.php the World Bank Group announced on Tuesday a new plan outlining actions required to increase climate resilience and
low-carbon development in an effort to maintain the continent’s current and protect future growth and poverty reduction goals.

“The consequences of climate change for Africa are devastating and threaten to push millions of people into extreme poverty by 2030, diagnosis http://coronaextra.com.au/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/attach_to_post/interface.attach_to_post_controller.php largely due to lower crop yields and higher food prices, buy and negative health impacts,” said Benoit Bosquet, World Bank Practice Manager in the Environment & Natural Resources Global Practice in a news release.

The plan is being released ahead of the UN climate change conference in Paris, widely known as COP21.

According to World Bank, the new blueprint, Accelerating Climate-Resilient and Low-Carbon Development: The Africa Climate Business Plan aims to both bring attention to and accelerate resource mobilization for priority climate-resilient and low-carbon initiatives in the region.

“In light of the huge financing gap and the need for urgent action, the World Bank prepared the Africa Climate Business Plan as an important step in mobilizing climate finance to fast-track Africa’s climate adaptation needs in the context of development priorities,” added Mr. Bosquet.

According to the plan, the primary climatic factors that challenge African countries in tackling extreme poverty are due to unavoidable levels of warming owing to past emissions of greenhouse gases, further warming that will have disastrous consequences, such as heat extremes and considerable uncertainty on what the warming impact will be on local weather patterns and hydrological cycles.

The World Bank said that the plan focuses on increasing adaptation through strengthening resilience by boosting the continent’s natural, physical, human and social capital, powering resilience, including increasing low-carbon energy sources in vulnerable societies, and lastly, by enabling resilience by providing essential data, information and decision-making tools for promoting climate-resilient development across sectors.

At present, the funding for adaptation are about $3 billion per year, which is insufficient to finance current needs, and is not increasing at the necessary rate to meet future needs, said World Bank.

The plan estimates that the near- to medium-term implementation will cost about1$6.1 billion to be raised by 2020, of which $5.7 billion is expected to come from the International Development Association (IDA) and the rest from other sources, including bilateral and multilateral sources, dedicated climate finance sources, and private sector.
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda the Most Reverend Stanley Ntagali has affirmed that Presidential candidates will engage in a live TV debate in January.

His Grace, illness http://copdx.org.au/wp-includes/class-wp-roles.php Ntagali told journalists on Wednesday that the Inter Religious Council Uganda (IRCU) requested Presidential aspirants on the issue and most of them responded positively.

“This is a breakthrough for Uganda and it will be the first meeting where these candidates are open to respond to questions from amongst themselves and the public.”

“We are glad that even the incumbent President Museveni assured us that he’s willing to take part. We believe that it’s also an opportunity for them to tell Ugandans what they’ll do for them, approved http://cirgroup.com/typo3conf/ext/crawler/scheduler/class.tx_crawler_scheduler_flushadditionalfieldprovider.php ” added the Archbishop.

He noted that preparations are still underway concerning the details of the debate and where it will happen but promised that IRCU will relay information in due course.

The Archbishop also advised Ugandans against political speculation and labeling people based on whom they support.

He stated that every individual has a fundamental right to vote candidate of their choice and shouldn’t be ridiculed for it. “As religious leaders, we are neutral but we want peace and unity within Uganda.”
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda the Most Reverend Stanley Ntagali has affirmed that Presidential candidates will engage in a live TV debate in January.

His Grace, nurse http://christchurchcathedral.org.au/wp-includes/template.php Ntagali told journalists on Wednesday that the Inter Religious Council Uganda (IRCU) requested Presidential aspirants on the issue and most of them responded positively.

“This is a breakthrough for Uganda and it will be the first meeting where these candidates are open to respond to questions from amongst themselves and the public.”

“We are glad that even the incumbent President Museveni assured us that he’s willing to take part. We believe that it’s also an opportunity for them to tell Ugandans what they’ll do for them, http://chaosoffroad.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/i18n/countries.php ” added the Archbishop.

He noted that preparations are still underway concerning the details of the debate and where it will happen but promised that IRCU will relay information in due course.

The Archbishop also advised Ugandans against political speculation and labeling people based on whom they support.

He stated that every individual has a fundamental right to vote candidate of their choice and shouldn’t be ridiculed for it. “As religious leaders, we are neutral but we want peace and unity within Uganda.”
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), mind http://constinta.com.br/v1/media/widgetkit/widgets/slideshow/styles/tabs_bar/template.php on Tuesday launched its new Electronic Verification System ”E-Tag”, http://dchnf.dk/wp-includes/class-wp-text-diff-renderer-table.php which has been put in place to support Ugandan traders and consumers, http://dandruffdeconstructed.com/wp-admin/includes/deprecated.php by enabling them verify the legitimacy of products they buy using their mobile phones.

The national campaign in support of the use of e-verification system of agro inputs, has been strongly supported by USAID Feed the Future Uganda Agricultural Inputs Activity.

The main objective of this campaign is to educate farmers about this new innovation so that they are able to use it to guard themselves against substandard and counterfeit agro-inputs.

Speaking at the launch at Serena Hotel, Kampala, Ms Patricia Ejalu the Deputy Executive Director-Technical of UNBS, said UNBS’ E-tag System has been developed to work across all production sectors in Uganda.

She added, “The e-verification for agro-inputs will provide valuable, real time information that will not only help the end-user to make a decision before purchase, but will also be in places where UNBS cannot be physically.”

How the E-Tag works

The consumer uses Electronic Verification by scratching the silver panel on the product to reveal a unique code. The consumer then sends that code to the number provided on the scratch panel using a mobile phone.

A message is sent back to the consumer informing them of the key product details and clarifying whether it’s genuine or not.

Proliferation of substandard agro inputs in the Ugandan market is now as high as 30 percent across the country. This is not only causing economic loss but also leading to destruction of livelihoods.

The close collaboration between UNBS as a regulator, Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) as the line ministry, agro input businesses and manufacturers together with USAID, Feed the Future Uganda Agricultural Inputs Activity is necessary to effectively impede the spread of substandard agro-inputs.

Ms Ejalu said UNBS will continue to fight the production and distribution of substandard goods in the country, support and encourage manufacturers across all sectors.

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