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Securing Water for Food Annual Convening and 5th Anniversary Celebration at SIWI World Water Week


On behalf of the Securing Water for Food (SWFF) partners, thank you for your support of the 5th Anniversary SWFF Annual Convening at the 2018 Stockholm International Water Institute World Water Week (WWW)! The celebratory SWFF week included a 70+ person delegation that included the SWFF Founding Partners; current, graduate, and alumni SWFF innovators; members of the Innovation Investment Advisory Committee (IIAC); the SWFF TA Facility; and other distinguished guests.

The celebration was kicked off by the annual SWFF Unconference, a half day of concurrent conversation hubs led by innovators and members of the IIAC where innovators networked and reconnected with the broader SWFF family. The highlight event of WWW was the showcase "Hype or Groundbreaking: Has Securing Water for Food Delivered?" where the program presented five years of results and lessons learned.

At the end of the session a new Grand Challenge for Development (GCD), Water and Energy for Food, was announced in a message from Sida's Director-General, Carin Jämtin. The extended phase will capitalize on the vast resources and learnings from SWFF and the Powering Ag GCD to take innovations to the next level of scaling.

Many other exciting activities happened during the SWFF Annual Convening including: SWFF innovator & Co-Founder of aQysta, Pratap Thapa, had a prominent speaking role at the SIWI WWW Opening Plenary in the Youth Panel; innovators had insightful meetings with members of the SWFF TA Facility, USAID, and IIAC members; SWFF hosted an informational booth at the event; and finally, the entire SWFF family was brought together over food at the celebratory SWFF dinner.



 The 70-person SWFF delegation at the 2018 World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.


WGI's  Extractives Officer Ms. Diana Taremwa (lady in black attire ) at one of the sites

On the 17th and 18th of September 2018 ,WGI a member  of the civil society coalition on oil and gas joined other coalition members on a field visit to investigate compliance of the Tilenga project to social and environmental safeguards.

The project which covers much of Buliisa,Nwoya and Hoima districts includes 412 oil wells planned to be drilled,110km feeder pipleline and several Central processing units.

Several issues of non -compliance were observed as well good practices. Among the places visited were King Fisher oil field operated by CNOOC in Hoima  ,Kasamene 1 oil production well plus CPF’s that will be operated by Total E&P in Buliisa ,Enviro Serve waste treatment facility in Nyamasoga ,Hoima  that will be treating most of the waste from exploration and production of oil and gas and finally the area planned for construction of the Hoima International Airport through which  most of the cargo for the oil and gas industry will be transported.



Hype or Groundbreaking: Has Securing Water for Food Delivered?


Washington, D.C. –The Securing Water for Food (SWFF) program  presented five years of results and lessons learned at the 2018 World Water Week in Stockholm, Hype or Groundbreaking: Has Securing Water for Food Delivered? on Monday, August 27 at 4 p.m. in NL Pillar Hall.

Securing Water For Food (SWFF) celebrates its 5th year anniversary since launching at the 2013 World Water Week. The program’s aim is to identify and accelerate innovations to produce more food using less water and make more water available for the food value chain while promoting gender equality and ultimately alleviating poverty.

Five years since inception, SWFF has supported 40 innovations in 28 countries. Water Governance's Aquaponics Farming is part of the Innovations.  SWFF innovators have reached 6.25 million smallholder farmers and other customers. For every $1,000 spent by the program, SWFF innovators have produced 267 tons of food, reduced water consumption by more than 810,000 liters, and improved water management on 93 hectares of land. Through the program’s assistance, many SWFF innovators have become gender champions implementing strategies that promote the participation and leadership of women by actively looking for ways to design their projects in a gender inclusive way.

In this interactive session with two panels consisting of SWFF innovators, end-users, external evaluators, service providers, and partners, SWFF shares findings from 5 years of gathered data and lessons learned and provides program design recommendations for the future, including the next phase of the program, Water and Energy for Food, followed by Q&As from the audience.



16.00 Welcome by Johan Kuylenstierna, Adjunct Professor, Stockholm University and Vice Chair, Swedish Climate Policy Council


16.05 SWFF Impacts to Date by SWFF Founding Partners 

  • Pia Lindström, Programme Manager, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) 
  • Ku McMahan, Team Lead SWFF, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) 
  • Thomas Melin, Senior Advisor, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) 
  • Marion Van Schaik, Senior Policy Advisor Water and Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands (MFA-NL)
  • Henry Roman, Director, Environmental Services and Technologies, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa (DST)


16.10 Session 1: Lessons Learned from SWFF Program Experts 

SWFF Program Panel 

  • Ashley Hartz, Senior Research Manager, Ipsos Public Affairs
  • Inga Jacobs Mata, Principal Researcher, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Ku McMahan, Team Lead SWFF, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) 
  • Jatin Yadav, SWFF Service Provider, Independent Consultant


16.28 Audience Q&A 


16.38 Innovator Videos 


16.40 Session 2: Lessons Learned from SWFF Innovators and End-Users 

SWFF Innovator Panel 

  • Zachery Gray, Vice President Business Development, Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies 
  • Fauzia Hirome, End-User, Green Heat 
  • Lan Anh Le, Chief Operating Officer, MimosaTEK 
  • Nompendulo Mgwali, EcoRangers Trainer, Meat Naturally 
  • Aisha Nalwoga, Fisheries Officer, Water Governance Institute 


17.08 Audience Q&A 


17.18 Panel Summary by Johan Kuylenstierna, Adjunct Professor, Stockholm University and Vice Chair, Swedish Climate Policy Council 


17.23 Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) Announcement by Carin Jämtin, Director-General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) (tbc)


17.28 Closing by Johan Kuylenstierna, Adjunct Professor, Stockholm University and Vice Chair, Swedish Climate Policy Council


On the 17/08/2018 WGI together with other members of the Civil Society Coalition on Oil took part in reviewing, making comments and recommendations into the second draft petroleum waste management regulations 2016. The meeting took place at Arcadia suites, Kampala. 

The new draft petroleum waste management regulations dated 5th May, 2016 was received by the coalition members from National Environment Management Authority NEMA in July, 2018.The review was done by comparing the new draft regulations against the earlier version of February, 2016 so as to establish the level of improvement in the new draft.

Through this review ,a number of a number of issues were raised  and recommendations made that will be submitted to NEMA to be considered for improvement of the regulations.

Pablo Fajardo, lawyer for the victims of environmental damage caused during Texaco's oil operations in the Ecuadoran Amazon (1964 to 1990), acquired by Chevron in 2001, celebrates with his clients, during a press conference in Quito, on July 11, 2018


In a resounding defeat for Chevron in a landmark pollution case, Ecuador’s Constitutional Court in a unanimous  decision rejected the oil major’s final appeal of a $9.5 billion pollution judgment that found the company deliberately dumped billions of gallons of toxic oil waste onto Indigenous lands in the Amazon rain forest. The decision was a total victory for the Indigenous groups that brought the case.

This decision is another huge victory for the people of Ecuador in their historic two-decade battle for environmental justice against the world's worst corporate polluter and rogue operator,” said FDA leader Luis Yanza, who initiated the lawsuit against Chevron in U.S. federal court in 1993.

This is a wake up call for oil companies operating in Uganda and around the world to ensure respect and protection of the environment amidst oil activities (exploration and exploitation). It is also an eye opener for local communities in the Albertain Graben to hold irresponsible oil companies and corporate polluters accountable for their actions in case of any environmental damage in the Albertain Graben.


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Boys mine sand at Nabuganyi Landing Site in Kayunga District on Saturday. PHOTO BY FRED MUZAALE

KAYUNGA- Twelve-year-old Peter Kasule, a Primary Five pupil at Nabuganyi Church of Uganda Primary School in Busaana Sub-county, Kayunga District, dropped out of school in second term last year.

He was lured into sand mining at Nabuganyi Landing Site on the banks of River Nile in Busaana Sub-county by boys his age, who joined what seems a lucrative venture to earn a living.

“My elderly father is unemployed and told me to go and look for some work to fend for the family; that is how I ended up in sand mining,” Kasule reminisces.

He is now employed by men to scoop sand from the river for which he is paid a paltry Shs5,000 per trip of a canoe full of sand.
“My dream was to become a lawyer and I am still optimistic that after raising enough money, I will go back and achieve my dream,” the visibly shy Kasule says.

School Vs business

Kasule is among hundreds of pupils in the district who drop out of school to eke a living through sand mining, cutting sugar cane, scaring away birds from rice gardens, vending vegetables in towns, bricklaying and fishing.

This trend, the district leadership says, is worrying as it is depriving pupils of a brighter future.

The sand miners use canoes to go to sections of the river where the sand is found. They then plunge under the water from where they scoop the sand using spades and place it in the canoe.

When the canoe is full, they take it to river banks where it is off-loaded. A trip of river sand goes for Shs500,000.

Mr Ramadhan Simali Kayunga, an inspector of schools for Ntenjeru County, says every term, at least 70 pupils drop out of school in the area.

“We have tried to sensitise parents on the need to invest in their children’s education but our efforts have not yielded much as parents seem not to value education,” Mr Simali says.

He adds that village leaders and sub-county community development officers have also abandoned their role of ensuring that all parents take their children to school.

Mr Simali said out of the 7,700 candidates who sat last year’s Primary Leaving Examinations in the district, only 281 passed in Grade One while 1,677 failed. Also, 619 pupils registered but did not sit for the exams.

Despite being near Kampala city, the district has for the last two consecutive years been ranked by the Uganda National Examinations Board among the poor performers.

Mr David Ssentamu, the head teacher of Nabuganyi Church of Uganda Primary School, which is located about a kilometre from River Nile in Busaana Sub-county, says some learners report to class twice a month while others spend months without coming to school.

Months out of school

“They spend most of the time mining sand or fishing and only report when exams are about to begin,” Mr Ssentamu says, adding: “We are now used to it [pupils dodging lessons] because however much you sensitise parents, nothing changes. Nabuganyi C/U has an enrolment of about 400 learners but on average, only 250 attend school every day.”

Mr Collins Kafeero, an officer in the district gender office, says child labour, especially in the sand mining business, is a major challenge in the district, pointing out that at least 600 children are engaged in the trade in Kangulumira, Busaana and Kitimbwa sub-counties.

The Resident District Commissioner, Ms Rose Birungi, blames the problem on failure by the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to approve the education ordinance enacted by the district council in 2014 to arrest parents whose children engage in child labour.

“We want to arrest parents whose children are involved in child labour but we have no law under which we can do this,” Ms Birungi notes.
She, however, adds that they plan to carry out operations in all sugar cane plantations and on the river banks to arrest children found working during school time.

About sand mining

Lucrative. Sand mining has in the past decades become a lucrative business due to the growing construction sector where it is used to make concrete.
Gazetted. Two months ago, government put sand, stones and murram under the category of minerals in the newly approved mining policy. Government believes this will end unregulated mining across the country.
Licence. Under the new policy, any one intending to venture into sand mining will be required to acquire a licence from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.
Fine. According to the new policy, anyone who will be caught engaging in sand mining without a licence will be fined Shs500,000 or jailed for one year, or both.
Concerns. Environmentalists say increasing sand mining in Lake Victoria and major swamps and rivers, saying excessive excavation of sand will spark off an ecological disaster.

Dropout rate

Uganda has the highest school dropout rate in East Africa, according to a 2010 report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Last year, out of the 7,700 candidates who sat last year’s Primary Leaving Examinations in the district, only 281 passed in Grade One while 1,677 failed. Also, 619 pupils registered but did not sit for the exams.

Read the original article on Monitor.

Part of Mr. Henry Bazira's, the Executive Director WGI comments after the talk show.


I actually did not know that it came out like this. Now I understand why the President had to write a press statement in today's paper trying to exonerate himself and attacking "pseudo civil societies". I even tempted to respond to his statement in the paper, because it is a direct attack on civil society and giving an impression that we are enemies of the State, which is not the case. We are just helping him understand his wrongs. For him to give the examples of history, the renaissance creed of the Christians, which was actually done to restore the place of the Roman Catholic church among a laity that were largely shifting into Protestantism and not address the issues of today is a misinformation and a deception


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One stone at a time: the first, laid by President Museveni, paves the way for great aspirations


Government is in final stages of upgrading Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK) to a University status.

The revelation was made by the Prime Minister of Uganda Dr Ruhakana Rugunda while representing President Museveni at the 24th coronation anniversary celebrations of the Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara.

Skilling challenges

Earlier, the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Prime Minister Andrew Byakutaga had told the gathering that President Museveni had in April met with the Omukama of Bunyoro at state house in Kampala to deliberate on various development programmes.

He reported that among others, the President agreed that a public university will become operational at Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK).

Uganda’s Prime Minister who represented President Museveni at the celebrations reaffirmed the President’s promise.

“As Government, we have approved the operationalization of Bunyoro University at Kigumba. Since we have here the minister of Finance, he should expedite a release of the funds when the matter reaches his desk” Rugunda said.


The Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK) is a Government Tertiary institution that offers petroleum studies.

The institute is located in Kigumba town council in Kiryandongo district.It offers a two year diploma course in petroleum engineering.

According to the UPIK Academic registrar James Bagaya, priority consideration is being given to students who passed science at the Uganda Advanced certificate of Education (UACE). They should have done mathematics, physics, chemistry and technical drawing.

The students must have sat A Level not more than two years ago or having a national certificate in electrical, mechanical or any other Engineering course.

He says the students who have a national certificate from a recognized technical institute will be considered under a certificate entry scheme.

The students should have at least ten points, Bagaya says.

He said the institute recruits 35 students every academic year. The institute has repeatedly received a barrage of criticism of producing graduates that are not employed in Uganda’s mainstream oil and gas industry.


Uganda’s Finance Minister Matia Kasaija who hails from Bunyoro region and represents Buyanja County in the 10thparliament asked the Kingdom to bring to him proposals for development projects.

“I have repeatedly asked the Kingdom to bring those proposals to me. Bring them and leave me with a duty to look for funding” he said.


Uganda has over 6.5 billion barrels of crude oil. The Government’s target is to kick off commercial oil production by 2020.

Under the Public finance Act, Cultural institutions   are entitled to a 1% share of oil royalties.

Since last year, the Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has been reorganizing his Kingdom. He instituted a seven-man Royal commission headed by Dr Kabagambe Kaliisa, a retired permanent secretary in the Ministry of Energy, and is currently a Presidential advisor on oil and gas.

The commission which he heads, does oversight on all Kingdom activities and it advises the Omukama who heads all clans in Bunyoro.

The discussion on how Bunyoro region can tap in the petroleum industry took centre stage as the Kingdom commemorated the Omukama’s 24th coronation anniversary celebrations.

The oil-rich Kingdom celebrated 24years since Omukama Dr Solomon Gafabusa Iguru 1 ascended to the throne. The Kingdom covers the districts of Hoima, Kibaale, Kagadi, Kakumiro, Buliisa, Kiryandongo and Masindi.

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The Ugandan government plans to dispose-off crude oil stock that was accumulated during the oil exploration and appraisal phase.

Over 45,211 barrels of oil were reportedly accumulated during the extended well testing in the Albertine graben in Mid-Western Uganda.

Extended well tests (EWTs) are used to undertake further evaluation of the productivity and characteristics of reservoirs.

The tests help oil engineers and technicians in understanding the potential of reservoirs to enable better planning and definition of appropriate field development philosophies and production technologies. The exercise thus helps development engineers and production technicians to pilot future facility designs during actual oil field development and eventual production. Extended well testing also helps to obtain additional production-related data, such as water cut, sand production, and well deliverability.

The oil that was collected during the extended well testing is currently stored in bitutainers at oil well sites of Kasemene 1, Ngara 1 and Ngiri 2, all in Buliisa district. More oil is stored at Tangi Camp area in Nwoya district, Acholi sub-region.

Some locals in the oil-rich Bunyoro region have been suspicious about oil tankers that have been moving in and out of the Albertine graben. There has been speculation that the tankers could be siphoning oil out of the oil fields. Government and oil firms have repeatedly denied the accusations.

“Those speculations have been common and Government needs to come out clearly and transparently to explain what those tankers transport,” said Biira Nasser Kiwanuka, the Executive Director of Midwestern region Anti- corruption Coalition (MIRAC), a Bunyoro regional anti- corruption agency.

Oil in Uganda has learnt that Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) Ltd is sourcing for companies that can purchase the 45,211 barrels of test crude in the Albertine graben.

UNOC’s overall function is to handle the State’s commercial interests in the oil and gas sub-sector and ensure that the resource is exploited in a sustainable manner in order enable realization of benefits for the current and future generations.

UNOC, as per the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act and the Petroleum (Refining, Conversion, Transmission and Midstream) Act, both of 2013, is mandated to operate across the petroleum value chain (upstream, midstream and downstream).

Purchase for test oil up for grabs

The application process for interested firms in the purchase of the test crude oil is on-going and the deadline is July 10th this year, Oil in Uganda has learnt.

The applications are being submitted to the office of the UNOC Head of Procurement and logistics which is located at Amber house in Kampala.

The companies are required to present a crude oil stabilization plan including technology that will be used.

According to a procurement notice reference number UNOC/Disposal/17-18/001, the companies interested in purchasing the crude should make formal applications to UNOC.

-“Buyers must demonstrate the provision of suitably insulated and certified containers for transportation of heated test crude oil”, the notice reads in part.

-The buyers are required to provide the oil spill response plans and all vehicles being fitted with -kits and attachment of contractor personnel who will be trained on how to use them.

The buyers must have off-loading and feed pumps plus heaters.

-The buyer must demonstrate Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment (QHSE) management system, procedure/plans for journey management, incident management and spill response, the notice further reads.

The UNOC Communication Officer, Ms. Angella Kariisa said test crude was initially meant to be burnt through flaring during the well-testing activities.

“Government decided that is was not good for the environment so the practice of flaring was stopped. We therefore thought it would be in the country’s best interest to sell it and make some money off it”, she said.

Asked how much money UNOC anticipates to earn from the test crude, Kariisa was non-committal.

“We are working to get the best price possible”, she said.

The Buliisa County Member of Parliament, Hon. Stephen Birahwa Mukitale welcomed the disposal of the crude oil.

“It allays fears and suspicions from people who have been alleging that the oil was already being sold off,” said Hon. Mukitale, whose home is in Kisansya cell, Buliisa Town Council, where Kasemene oil field is located.

Asked about the feeling of the locals about the sale of the crude, Mukitale said the people he represents do not have any issues with it.

“It is procedurally right for government to dispose-off public assets that they are not using. That crude was used for study purposes. The purpose has been achieved”, he said.

He however suggested that such crude could have been used by Ugandan industries as heavy fuel for running heavy duty power generators. He added that the major focus of his constituents who host more than 28 oil wells is the next phase of development and production. They are interested in being aligned with the developments so as to gain more benefits overall.

By Oil in Uganda Correspondent

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Cabinet has approved a local content policy for the oil sector to enable and enhance local competitiveness and employment.

 The Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo says the consortium of companies that have already been awarded contracts will be required to train Ugandans in short and long-term skills.

Watch the Video Clip below for more information 



Source: NTV Uganda



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