The Church and the NGOs

The Church and the NGOs: Their impacts on addressing ecological, water and agricultural challenges in Northern Uganda

Alex Abaca
Agricultural Researcher, Current Doctoral Student, University of Bath.

7.30 p.m. on Friday March 16th 2018 in St. John's Parish Hall, South Parade, Bath

Environmental (ecological) and water challenges directly affect the livelihoods and agricultural activities of many communities in Northern Uganda, including Karamoja region.

CAFOD and CARITAS are among the many NGOs working to restore the livelihoods and agricultural activities of these communities by addressing the environmental, particularly ecological and water challenges, following the long period of political instability - Lord Resistance Army (LRA) War.

The Catholic church has also been actively involved in addressing environmental/ecological challenges in Northern Uganda.

The talk will give the speaker's personal overview of:

  • The strategies being used by CAFOD, CARITAS, and the Catholic Church in addressing these challenges.
  • His research on the landraces of common beans from Zambia, and their use in addressing environmental challenges.
  • Apersonal perspective regarding GM use in Agriculture. An opportunity to contribute to a collection to support CAFOD's work.

An opportunity to contribute to a collection to support CAFOD's work.

Raising funds for the East African drought

A team from the Bath-based energy efficiency consultancy B:SSEC Ltd has completed a 70km hike across the Lake District to raise funds to tackle the on-going drought in East Africa.

The B:SSEC team, comprised of Paul Bennett, Wayne Ward and Chris Joyce, raised over £870 during last month’s trek for CAFOD, the official aid agency of the Catholic church.

For more details click here.

Calling Young Adults

CAFOD Gap Year volunteer vacancies are open for 18-30 year olds.

Last year, a student from Trowbridge went on a CAFOD Gap year. More information can be found on the CAFOD website at

Laudato Sí Parliamentary debate

The motion was intended to set the scene for a parliamentary session in which backbenchers could give their views to the government on the forthcoming Paris Climate Change Conference which aims for a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.


David Packham attended on behalf of CAFOD and has provided this summary report.