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UN-Habitat/GLTN in collaboration with International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) successfully conducted a Geo-spatial Data Analysis training on the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) from 30th October to 4th November 2016. The five-day learning event brought together 38 participants from the Vegetable Oil Development Programme (VODP) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (Uganda), UTaNRMP of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (Kenya), SDCP of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development (Kenya), CBINReMP of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Ethiopia), SAPP of the Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development (Malawi) and an ILC member RECONCILE. The training was held in Bugala Island, Kalangala District, Uganda and was officially opened by Mr. Nelson Bassalidde, the General Manager of Kalangala Oil Palm Growers Trust (KOPGT).

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The Oil Palm Uganda Limited (OPUL) factory manager explains a point during a field visit that was organised as part of the training

“We would like to thank IFAD and GLTN/UN-Habitat for the support that they are giving to the efforts on reduction of rural poverty in the district. We note that Kalangala was one of the poorest districts before the oil palm project but now the livelihoods of people in the island has greatly improved in terms of housing condition and increased access to education”, said Mr. Bassalidde.

The training was delivered using a very hands-on approach with participants learning the installation and data input of the STDM software, use of GPS equipment for spatial data collection, database management and geo spatial data analysis. There was a site visit to the Oil Palm Uganda Limited (OPUL) oil mill practically demonstrated to the participants the oil milling operations and the associated environmental responsiveness of the industry.

“We are requesting for more technical training for the KOPGT field officers who would put the data collected from the region into more productive use going forward,”, said Josephine Ariao, a participant speaking on behalf of Kalangala Oil Palm Growers Trust.

UN-Habitat/GLTN is in a partnership with IFAD to implement the ‘Land and Natural Resources Tenure Security Learning Initiative for East and Southern Africa (TSLI-ESA)’ project, which seeks to promote integration of pro-poor and gender-sensitive land tools in development projects and programmes. This training aimed at developing capacity of VODP and other IFAD supported investment programmes to manage database, handle and analyze data to produce maps and other outputs using STDM.

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Participants at the Geo-spatial Data Analysis training on the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) held in Bugala Island, Kalangala District, Uganda

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