The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries (MAAIF) has reiterated commitment to increase and maintain measures employed in ensuring food security in the country.
Lt. Col (Rtd) Bright Rwamirama, the State Minister for Animal Industry, told reporters at the Media Centre on Friday that government is committed to ensuring that Ugandans are protected from hunger as they work towards improving their economic statuses.
“Uganda is keen to live to its international commitments; one of which is achieving zero hunger by ensuring food security and nutrition diets for all its people,” Rwamirama said.
The country, he said, has developed several policies that support the agro-food systems like the National Food and Nutrition Policy 2003, the national Agriculture Policy 2013, National Action Plan for Nutrition 2015 among others, all addressing issues on natural resource management, food security and call for nutrition.
“Agriculture’s contribution to employment cannot be overemphasized. In fact, in 2019, the sector employed 73% of the total Ugandan population, providing more employment in female adults as compared to male,” he said.
“About 38% of the youth are employed in agricultural activities according to UBOS Statistics and this is also a clear demonstration that the sector continues to be a source of the livelihood especially for women and youth,” he added.
Rwamirama made these remarks while speaking at the commemoration of the 41st World Food Day, celebrated under the theme, “Our actions are our future. Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life.”
“The country, through MAAIF has a mandate to increase production and productivity, ensure food and nutrition security, enhanced household income, promote agro-processing value chain development and commercialization of the agricultural sector to apply the research of bio-fortification of crops to improve nutrients,” he said.
Speaking to the press, Antonio Querido, FAO Country Representative, said this year’s WFD is being marked a second time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“From the disruption of agri-food systems and global economic recession to an increase in food insecurity and inequality, the pandemic has exposed the fragility of our societies, but it has also shown how people can come together towards a common goal,” Antonio said.
“As a global community, we can overcome these challenging times and create a better future – one that is more sustainable for present and future generations,” he added.
This year’s action-oriented campaign, he said, focuses on raising awareness of the need to support the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life.
“We need better nutrition to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition in all its forms, including promoting nutritious food and increasing access to healthy diets,” he said.