African Journal of Agricultural Research vol:6 issue:1 pages:7-18
This study assesses the farmer’s understanding and perception of the causes and impacts of
landslides in Bududa district in Eastern Uganda. Open-ended questions were designed to guide farmers
in providing their experiences, understanding and observations in relation to the scientific findings.
Steep slopes, areas with concavities and those with flow of water from underground were identified as
areas prone to landslides. The soil characteristics for areas prone to landslides are stoniness, sandy
and high water infiltration. Low lands and areas with sticky and strong soils were identified as stable.
Rainfall was listed as the main triggering factor and most landslide occurrences are in rainfall events of
low intensity but prolonged for days. Terraces are not popular in some of the areas because they
promote water infiltration and trigger landslides. Loss of income from farms was mentioned as the main
impact from these landslides. However, the damage to infrastructure such as roads and bridges was
not identified as a problem to the farmers. Farmers in areas without landslides are less knowledgeable
about the cause-effect issues related to landslides.