Uganda is a land-locked country in East Africa, bordering Lake Victoria. Uganda produces more food than it consumes. Yet, poverty still limits people’s access to nutritious food, especially in the Northern and Eastern part of Uganda and the slum areas where people often live on less than a dollar a day.
According to the World Food Program, Uganda’s population is growing at a shockingly fast pace – expected to reach 100 million by 2050 – and the presence of the world’s third largest refugee population pose further challenges to the country’s ability to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 on Zero Hunger.
While the Government of Uganda gives refugees plots of land to cultivate, to encourage their self-sufficiency, the number of refugees grew so much that the plots become gradually smaller. Also like refugees, Ugandan smallholder farmers lack farming skills, handling techniques and access to services such as credit and insurance. Storage facilities are often inadequate to protect harvested crops from pests, moisture and mould, which results in losses of up to 30 percent. On average, nearly half of all Ugandans consume less calories than they need every day. One in three school children have no food to eat during the school day.
Many of the children in our 22STARS project in the Acholi Quarter in Kampala and the Danida slum in Jinja went often to bed without getting food and were severe malnourished. By starting to send them to good schools, they at least get some food now during the day. In addition, we provide them once a week with a hot meal with meat or fish and hand out by times when there is food scarcity bags with beans, posho, mais and rice to the families. We are also busy with our small business trainings to help people establishing a poultry business. Since the ground in the slum area is not the best for farming, some families were able to just let some small crops grow.
If you are in Uganda and like to join us for lunch with the kids, please send us a message, we are more than happy to have you and please feel free to organize a workshop with the kids!