Currently, 2.3 million young children in Uganda are malnourished with an addition of 16% of children under the age of five under weight, and 12% women malnourished.
According to the Ministry of health, these levels of malnutrition are unacceptable.
Therefore in an effort to curb food insecurity as well as generate income especially for young people, the faculty of Agriculture at the Uganda Martyrs University- Nkozi in partnership with the World Bank have embarked on a $6 million project aimed at promoting agriculture among the youth.
Under this project, the World Bank shall sponsor students doing various courses in agriculture which include a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture, Masters Degree in Agriculture, among others, as well as equip the university schools and laboratories with the tools necessary for their learning.
The project also includes funds for the research and training.
The Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Dr. Joseph Ssekandi, said the faculty is running a number of projects aimed at enabling young people to embrace farming which include Aqua-ponics a process of growing crops on water.
This mostly favours the urban dwellers who have limited space for farming.
An organic demonstration farm has also been set up intending to encourage young people to embrace agriculture.
Dr. Ssekandi said that these and many other projects are targeting the young people so that they may embrace farming as they struggle to improve it and enrich it with better skills.