Uganda To Celebrate World Food Day 2022 (#WFD2022) At NaCRRI, Namulonge. Every year, Uganda joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Food Day by recognizing the work of all parties involved in the food value chain, adopting best practices, and embracing technology to eradicate hunger throughout the agricultural value chain.
Leave No One Behind: Better Production, Better Nutrition, Better Environment, and Better Life is the theme for this year’s World Food Day.
In the case of Uganda, there are still some communities that face food stress, and their prolonged food insecurity poses a threat to the government’s extensive efforts to ensure that no one is left behind in terms of the nutrition and security of food and animal feed.
The Government (OPM), FAO, and WFP published the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Insecurity in June 2022, in Karamoja sub-region for instance, the impact of ongoing average to below-average food and livestock production over the last two years, coupled with a currently fragile security situation are causing widespread food insecurity. Also over 40% of the population (518,000 people) in Karamoja is facing high levels of food insecurity, up from 30% (361,000 people) last year.
Similarly, high food prices have left many families unable to afford nutritious foods – forcing them to find other ways to cope by consuming their seed stocks, leaving nothing for the planting season while others have had to borrow money or reduce expenditure on necessities such as education and health.
In Uganda, Agri-food systems transformation is a key driver for socio-economic transformation, and as such it is imperative that to commemorate World Food Day 2022, the country takes stock of developments and commitments made to make food and feed available and affordable, to foster sustainable development and prosperity for all.
During the Policy dialogue session, different actors that have a role to play in ensuring that Uganda is food and animal feed secure will discuss the impact of studies undertaken and honing out policy issues surrounding the problems and ensuring that all actors are involved.
The actual day celebrations will start with a grand exhibition on site showcasing different commodity fields, agricultural technologies for holistic improved production and productivity. The event which will be attended by 300 guests, will be televised with produced videos of content provided replayed to promote best practices and will have the inauguration of the National Food Systems Coordination Committee officiated over by the Chief Guest
As part of the efforts to boost Food Security in the Country, the Chief Guest Rht. Hon. Robinah Nabanjja the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda will inaugurate the National Food Systems Coordination Committee first before we move to the awards.
The #WFD2022 National Organizing Committee (NoC) will also recognize and award outstanding individual and institutional actors that have played a significant role in advancing smart agriculture in Uganda over the years.