A total of 292,330 people in Kampala asking 17% of the population are experiencing acute food insecurity.
This is contained in the latest status report on food security in Uganda, entitled “THE INTERGRATED FOOD SECURITY PHASED CLASSIFICATION” released by the World Food Programme, Food and Agricultural Organization in partnership with the Prime Minister’s Office.
The report indicates that Kawempe and Rubaga Divisions respectively remained the most affected areas in Kampala while Makindye and Nakawa are not affected as much.
The FAO Deputy Country Representative, Priya Bujaduru has underscored the need for policy makers to ensure that each household gains access to nutritious food to avoid increasing malnutrition among children.
“The results show that in July this year, about 2 in 10 households in urban areas didn’t have enough food to eat!
Half of them resort to poor diets or reduced number in size of meals while 6 in 10 families sold their productive assets such as land or livestock and had to beg or resort to illegal activities to find food.
A further 17% of Ugandans in Kampala are experiencing acute food insecurity. The Covid19 pandemic is jeopardizing human health and disrupting the food systems that are the foundations of good health.
What the results will share today show is that we need to improve the way we produce food and make food available and accessible for everyone.”