One of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) set by the UN general assembly is: End hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. But the goal is attainable through concerted action by governments, local communities, NGOs and the private sector. What is needed is a mutual commitment to improving human welfare and the recognition that nutrition is a major indicator of development. Strategies and actions to improve nutrition need to be developed according to the particular needs, resources and circumstances of each country.
Uganda Multi-sectoral Food Security & Nutrition Project (UMFSNP is Funded by the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program with the World Bank as the Supervising Entity.
Giving priority in the nutritional implications, the Government of Uganda received a grant of US$ 27,64M, from the Global Agricultural and Food Security Program (GAFSP) to implement a nutrition-agriculture linked project. The grant supports a five-year Uganda Multi-sectoral Food Security and Nutrition Project (UMFSP), which was approved on January 7, 2015 and became effective on December 7, 2015. The project is being supervised by the World Bank and implemented by Ministries of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Health (MOH), Education and Sports (MoES) and District Local Governments. The 15 districts, in two phases would be covered, are Namutumba, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Maracha and Nebbi (Phase-I); and Yumbe, Bugiri, Arua, Iganga, Kabale, Kasese, Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Isingiro and Kiryandongo (Phase –II).
The project objective is to increase production and consumption of micronutrient- rich foods and utilization of community based nutrition services in smallholder households in project areas.
As Kabarole District we are proud to be part of this project and the district has received a grant of 692, 421,800= of which 473,275,500 has gone to 100 primary schools each receiving 4,732,735=
Each primary school has got community led farmer (s) to multiply these crops for other community members to benefit. This product has recruited one District project assistant and 20 community facilitors to manage the day today project activities and the overall supervisor of this project in the district is the Chief Administrative Officer.
The project implementation committee will vigorously educate the public and sensitizing the implementing agencies on their key roles and responsibilities in the Project activities. It will emphasize the strategy of project operations and engagement of different stakeholders especially at the community levels.