Minister Bahati calls for household empowerment to fight hunger & malnutrition

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KABALE- The Minister of State for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Hon David Bahati has called for household empowerment as a way of dubbing down hunger and malnutrition amongst families in Kabale district.

This was said in his message read for him by the Kabale district resident commissioner Godfrey Nyakahuma as the guest of honor during the launch of Right to grow project at Kamuganguzi sub county headquarters in Ndorwa west constituency, Kabale district.

The Right to grow project aimed at fighting against mal-nutrition, improving access to clean water, proper sanitation and hygiene was launched by Hunger Project Uganda, an international Non-Government Organization-NGO in partnership with Kabale district local government aimed at achieving the sustainable end of hunger and poverty.

The “Right 2 grow project”, is a global program being implemented in several African countries, like Uganda, Mali, South Sudan, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Bukinafaso among others with funding from the Netherlands.

Minister Bahati revealed that the NRM government is committed to empowering communities through programs like Emyooga, Operation Wealth Creation and the Parish Development Model to address the issue of household incomes targeting the 39% of people that are still in subsistence farming. He said that once the households are empowered, they can address the issue of

Hunger and malnutrition.

Bahati added that Kabale district is hindered by limited land holding of less than three acres per household and declining soil fertility saying that Holdings are fragmented and an average household has 6 – 7 plots of Land.

He said that to ensure food security, the issue of land Fragmentation, declining soil fertility and rampant soil erosion together with Landslides by embracing soil restoration practices, kati kanchingo and manuring must be much emphasized.

“Uganda is endowed with good climate, fertile soils and hardworking People. It is possible to have a Uganda with zero Hunger and Malnutrition” Bahati asserted.

He appealed to the local government staff and civil society Organizations working in the district to sensitize households on nutrition and good farming practices so as to secure the future of people.

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The Country Director for Hunger Project Uganda, Dr Daisy Ndikuno Owomugasho said in Uganda, the program has been being implemented in only 10 districts including Mpigi, Butambara, Wakiso, Kiboga, Kyankwanzi, Mbarara, Kiruhura, Iganga, Mbale and Nwoya, but Kabale, Maracha, and Bugweri districts have also been considered.

Owomugisha said that the project will help to end mal-nutrition and stunted growth in Uganda, since it is intended at bringing out voices of community members, so that the issues affecting them related to malnutrition and services are brought to light and addressed.

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