Karamoja is a dryland sub-region in north-east Uganda, where 82% of the population live under the poverty line. It is troubled by climate variability and climate change, where floods and droughts have had a particularly detrimental effect.
Trees are at the heart of Karamoja’s ecology, providing livelihoods and nutrition for livestock and people when all else fails; trees also provide Karamoja with fundamental ecosystem services. Thus there is a need for evidence about the role that trees play in Karamoja.
The report outlines the role of trees in resilience building and agricultural production, traditional knowledge of trees in Karamoja, the threats to trees, tree-based initiatives in the sub-region, and opportunities for action research.