As part of the NIMFRU project, members of our team will be travelling to the Katakwi district in Uganda this week to carry out vital fieldwork as part of Work Package 3.
For this first visit, the team will be carrying out the household economy approach (HEA), and in their next visit they will also introduce the individual household methodology (IHM), both created by Evidence for Development. The household economy approach is a method for assessing the vulnerability of groups of households to economic shocks and changes over large rural areas, based on livelihood patterns and market information. It can be used to monitor food security and adaptation to climate change, and to inform relevant policy responses and initiatives. For more information on HEA, check out Walker Academy’s HEA training course.
The HEA is being used to help identify households within each sub-region of the Katakwi district to use as part of our baseline study and eventually, our more in-depth case studies. These identified households will form an integral part of the NIMFRU project, engaging in the whole range of activities we have planned over the next 2 years, including the Radio Listening Programmes supported by the Lorna Young Foundation who also worked on the radio programmes for BRAVE.
The HEA and IHM will help us better understand the specific vulnerabilities of communities at different seasons, and their exposure to different types of flood threat, which is key to improving physical and livelihood risk assessment, preparedness, communication and response.
The NIMFRU project, part of SHEAR catalyst grants, will help uncover and share critical information around disaster response and post disaster rehabilitation, which will prevent further deterioration of resilience in the district of Katakwi.
Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for an update on their trip!