The KRSU will soon release an update on livestocking marketing in Karamoja, providing comprehensive information on markets dynamics, price and volume trends, and other market performance indicators.
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Working with the Nabuin Zonal Agricultural Research Institute and the Karamoja Development Forum, this review will examine agriculture development policies related to Karamoja, and identify good agricultural programming approaches that warrant further support.
The consumption of "hard" alcohol is reported to be increasing in Karamoja, with impacts of people's health, on families and on employment. At the same time, local brewing is an important source of income for women. This review aims to examine the trends in alcohol consumption in Karamoja, and the impacts.
In July 2017 the KRSU organized a meeting in Kampala to discuss veterinary governance and coordination issues in Karamoja. Key topics included the challenges for effective coordination against the wider governance system of decentralization, and the need to provide legislative support to community-based animal health workers.
The KRSU will soon begin an assessment of the dynamics of wage labour, employment and migration for people seeking work in Karamoja, and in Tororo, Mbale, Jinja and Kampala, as well as Kenya and South Sudan.
How can we assess the strength of evidence in a report of a study, review or evaluation? The KRSU has recently developed a checklist for the Karamoja Development Partners Group to guide the assessment of evidence arising from projects and research in Karamoja.
The need to develop better national and sub-national policies to support pastoralism and pastoralist areas is a major challenge in East Africa. The training course Pastoralism and Policy Options in East Africa has been developed and adapted in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Sudan, and the KRSU is now working with partners in Uganda to adapt the course for Karamoja. An initial validation workshop took place in April 2017, attended by 29 senior representatives of national and local government, Members of Parliament from Karamoja, traditional Karamojong leaders, universities and research institutes, UN agencies and civil society.
Following a rapid assessment of District Planning Units (DPUs) in Karamoja, the KRSU organized a cross-country learning event for district planners to Isiolo County in Northern Kenya. The aim was to expose the District Planners to a different form of decentralization, integrated disaster risk management and participatory planning and budgeting with communities. The visit took place in March 2017 and included District Planners, an Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, and three officials from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
The KRSU will soon conduct a comprehensive review of veterinary services in Karamoja with stakeholders.