The head of Programmes at Food Rights Alliance Jude Ssebuliba has revealed that high poverty levels, use of harmful chemicals and lack of adequate finances to support the agricultural sector are some of the main reasons hindering access to food for many Ugandans.
He made the remarks during the observation of the World Food Day under the theme “Our action are our future healthy diets for zero hunger world”
Ssebuliba noted that there are number of issues to explain this right away from the production side.
He said some farmers do not have capacity to take the food to the market.
He added the road network don’t support transportation of food more especially some seasons like the rainy season.
“But also if the food reached the market what will happen to it, will people really buy? With introduction of genetically modified organisms new challenges have been noticed,”he said.
He said the application of hazardous comic chemicals has equally destroyed food crops.
According to the recent report by Twaweza titled: “More Food, Less Money,” there has been noticeable reduction in the number of people going without meals because of lack of money or other resources from 49% in 2017 to 37% in 2018.
The report also indicates that there was also reduction of people who skip meals from 75% in 2019 to 61% in 2018 and a reduction of those who went out of food because of lack enough money or other resources from 69% in 2017 to 53% in 2018.
Marie Nanyanzi ,the programme officer Twaweza said there is also 25% of rich people who go a day without eating food.
“25% of the rich people still say they went a day without a meal and one of the key issue they do point out is the lack of resources to actually access those meals,”she said.
She noted that there is hope that, this year things will be better.