Good Nutrition a Boost to Economic Growth – AfDB

AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina

President Museveni has heaped praises on the Uganda People’s Defense Forces who he said have been successful on all missions both foreign and local.

Museveni made the remarks on Wednesday afternoon while addressing a campaign rally at Aringe village, generic Ludara sub-county in Koboko North constituency, ampoule Koboko district.

“Our army has been successful on all missions it has been sent to including Somalia and South Sudan recently. This is because of unity of our soldiers .They don’t look at each other as a Lugbara, Kakwa, Baganda or Banyankole but as Ugandans and African soldiers,” Museveni said on Wednesday.

Uganda’s first batch of soldiers  led by Brig. Levi Karuhanga(now the General Court Martial boss) under the AMISOM touched Somali land in 2007 to help in the fight against Al Shabaab insurgents and protecting the  Somali government .

The UPDF a few weeks ago withdrew from South Sudan after rushing there in December 2013 to help avert what experts say would have been genocide; and also protect key government installations that were under threat from former Vice President Riek Machar’s rebel movement.

Speaking about these foreign missions, President Museveni told the people of Koboko that the success in these missions was achieved courtesy of unity of the Ugandan army.

The president   said that because of unity, the region can develop in terms of infrastructure and wealth, urging them to always remain unified.

“NRM has worked for unity because we don’t believe in religions and tribes. We believe in Ugandanism and pan Africanism. I am a Munyankole who produces beef, bananas and milk but the local people in Ankole don’t buy anything from me because they too produce similar products like I do,” Museveni said.

He added, “If it was not for unity, I would die of poverty because people who buy my products are from Kampala. It is the same thing with the South Sudanese who because of unity are buying our products and contributing to our prosperity.”

Museveni said that no one should preach the gospel of divisionism to Ugandans because he would be an enemy trying to sabotage development and prosperity adding that such individuals should not be allowed.

“When you are united, you have a lot of strength. When you hear Uganda sending troops to Somali and South Sudan that means we are united and strong. They go and do a good job.”


Thousands of Ugandans will on Sunday rally on Kampala streets to echo the call for climate action ahead of the UN Climate Summit (COP21) in Paris.

There will also be a climate change bicycle rally and people will meet in Bwaise Slum, viagra buy a Kampala suburb which is one of areas heavily affected by climate change.

The rally will see at least 100 people share their stories on how they have been affected by climate change.

It will be addressed by Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu, see head of Uganda’s delegation to COP21 and other key government decision makers and politicians.

As part of the Global Climate March, citizens around the globe will call on governments to speed up action on climate change by signing an ambitious climate agreement.

Many around the Globe will take to the streets ahead of the December UN Climate summit in Paris calling on local and world leaders to take urgent action to halt man-made climate change, eradicate poverty and address inequality.

The summit in Paris is the second of two unique UN summits in 2015, which together provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change.

At the UNGA in September, world leaders committed to a new set of Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Now leaders face their first test on whether they are serious about making these goals a reality.

According to Isaac Kabongo, Executive Director, Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO), addressing climate change, and ending poverty and inequalities are two sides of the same coin.

“We cannot deliver sustainable development without tackling climate change, and we cannot tackle climate change without addressing the root causes of poverty, inequality and unsustainable development patterns,” he said.

He added that if leaders want to fully implement the newly adopted Global Goals, tackling inequality and ending poverty within a generation, they will need to fairly transition their economies from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy.
Malnutrition has remained high for many decades and boosting nutrition will boost the economy, there the African Development Bank (AfDB) President said at a gathering that was discussing ways in which malnutrition can be eliminated by changing the agricultural and food systems.

He cited data which shows that 58 million children under the age of 5 years were too short for their age (stunted); about 14 million weigh too little for their height (wasted) while 10 million are overweight. “These are disturbing numbers, there ” he said.

President Adesina was delivering a key note address at a High High-Level Round table on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition” organized by Global Panel, viagra 100mg an independent group of influential experts with a commitment to tackling global challenges in food and nutrition security.

He suggested that nutrition in Africa be seen from the perspective of the economy. “Poorly fed people lead to poorly performing economies.

“UNICEF has estimated the annual cost of under nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa at $25 billion. Africa and Asia lose 11 percent of their GNP every year due to poor nutrition. The evidence is clear: boosting nutrition boosts the economy,” Adesina said.

Among other suggestions, the AfDB President said that what is needed now is to build greater demand for bio fortified crops within national nutrition programs.

In addition, he said that Africa must vigorously pursue large-scale food fortification as a food systems’ initiative and leverage agricultural platforms to promote innovations such as micro nutrient powders.

“This will accelerate the reduction of anemia and other forms of malnutrition among women and children in African agricultural economies,” he said.

He also sees a key role for the private sector which should be supported to use African food resources to address the continent’s nutritional needs. Equally, the AfDB President emphasized the crucial role that women play in the sector.

He said that women farmers must benefit significantly from renewed efforts to boost agriculture.

“They account for a significant share of the farming population but continue to face challenges in terms of access to land rights, labor saving technologies and finance,” he added.

“Countries must foster accountability on malnutrition as the world drives the sustainable Development Goals. Let us end the scourge of malnutrition. It is well within our reach to do so, and the evidence is overwhelming that we must act – and act now,” President Adesina noted.


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