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Development Partners Pledge Support Towards Reducing Uganda’s Food Problem

The World Bank Country Manager for Uganda Christina Malmberg speaking at the launch of the Food Security Assessment Report at Kampala Serena Hotel on Tuesday

Development partners have committed to work alongside government to ensure that the problem of food insecurity is eliminated in Uganda.

They highlighted existing interventions and pledged to further support short term programs that will contribute towards food sustainability.

The commitment was made during the release of the findings of the Food Security Assessment study which was commissioned by government in 2015 to establish the magnitude of food shortage in the country.

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The report however paints a grim picture with an estimate of over 10 million Ugandans living in acute shortage of food while 1.6 million are in a food crisis as a result of long drought.

This has had social and economic impact with the country’s GDP growth dropping to 4.5% from 5% in the 2016/17 financial year. Inflation has slightly gone up partly due to the hiked food prices.

On Tuesday, viagra 60mg http://dan-caragea.ro/wp-content/themes/mesocolumn/lib/sliders/jd-gallery-slider.php Christina Malmberg, stuff http://dcointl.com/wp-content/themes/inovado/framework/inc/nav.php the Word Bank Country Manager for Uganda said the food situation in Uganda was of great concern to the World Bank and was skeptical that this could push poor Ugandans further into poverty.

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The World Bank has committed Ush 14 billion towards Disaster Risk Financing under the third phase of the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF 3) program.

“This component will help households in the Karamoja sub region to earn money through public work schemes so they can stabilize their consumption through this prolonged dry period,” Malmberg added.

She said the intervention will benefit 170,000 Ugandans in addition to the 130,000 that have already been supported through the ongoing World Bank funded projects.

World Bank is also set to trigger two agricultural focused projects (USD 150 million & USD 40 million) and another USD 50 million project which aims at building resilience in refugee hosting communities.

“If implemented effectively, these programs will make a good contribution and boost food security in Uganda,” she said, adding that medium and longer term actions are needed to enhance agricultural production and productivity.

On her part, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Uganda Ms. Rosa Malango said several UN agencies like World Food Program have offered assistance to HIV affected persons in Northern Uganda to address moderate acute malnutrition through community feeding programs.

“In the cattle corridor, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has provided support to over 40,000 farmers in Nakasongola, Mubende, Sembabule, Kiboga, Nakaseke and Luwero, establishing 15 valley tanks each with 10 million litre capacity to ease access to water for livestock,” Malango said.

In addition, FAO has also supported the dissemination of information on drought tolerant crops, pasture varieties and community in-house irrigation.

But both World Bank and United Nations say combating the current magnitude of food insecurity in Uganda requires government to come up with long term solutions ranging from funding, environmental friendly policies and human capital development.

“We request for investments in irrigation which is an integral part of the 5 year partnership framework of business plan with Uganda,” Malmberg Uganda said.

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