“WE MUST WORK TOGETHER FOR A HEALTHY UGANDA”, said the Hon. Dr. Z. Nyira, Ugandan Minister of State for Agriculture

November 11, 2011
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The Ugandan Minister of State for Agriculture, Dr. Z. Nyira, inaugurated a special consultative workshop organised by BRAC on Nutrient Rich Food Crops. Highlighting the importance of close coordination between government, NGOs and private sector, Dr. Z. Nyira urged all to work together in order to establish the ultimate goal of creating a ‘Healthy Uganda’. Stressing the urgency of the matter, the minister said that the growth of 38% of Ugandan children was stunted and 16% of them were underweight. He added that this prevalence means that 2.3 million young children in Uganda today are chronically malnourished.

The Ugandan Minister of State for Agriculture, Dr. Z. Nyira, inaugurated a special consultative workshop organised by BRAC on Nutrient Rich Food Crops. Highlighting the importance of close coordination between government, NGOs and private sector, Dr. Z. Nyira urged all to work together in order to establish the ultimate goal of creating a ‘Healthy Uganda’.

Stressing the urgency of the matter, the minister said that the growth of 38% of Ugandan children was stunted and 16% of them were underweight. He added that this prevalence means that 2.3 million young children in Uganda today are chronically malnourished.

Executive Director of BRAC, Dr. Mahabub Hossain, echoed the danger of the situation and said BRAC is committed towards ensuring food and nutrition security. He said that malnutrition is a result of lack of nutrients in the food intake of particularly the poor and bio-fortification in crops in an area Government and Private Sector should seriously focus on to change this situation.

Deputy Executive Director of BRAC, Dr. Imran Matin, stressed the need for stronger cooperation since multi dimensional problem that requires an integrated approach.

The minister praised BRAC’s initiative in Uganda and said its scale showed its efficiency and welcomed the latest advocacy effort on malnutrition.

The day-long workshop, which focused on availability and awareness of nutrient-rich food crops in Uganda, brought together key policy makers and representatives from development partners including donors, civil society and academia working on food security, nutrition and bio-fortification. A number of presentations were given on global initiatives and status of bio-fortification in the world and in Uganda, Uganda nutrition action plan, challenges for future among many. The participants shared knowledge to enhance the extension, awareness and marketability of nutrient-rich food crops among rural farmers.

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A simple act of saving and sharing food is the best way to fight hunger. It can begin at the household level, at the community level and of course at the regional and national levels. If every household were to ensure that no food is wasted, and then organise the left over to be delivered to the poor and needy, much of the hunger that we see around can be taken care of.