Category Archives: Food Security & AgriBusiness

Nutrition Governance Training Report, Fort Portal City, May 2024.

Nutrition Governance Training Report, Fort Portal City, May 2024.

Work Purpose: The overall objective of the workshop is to build capacity of City /City Division NutritionCoordination Committees on nutrition Governance. Workshop objectivesSpecifically, the workshop aimed at: – i) Creating awareness on the UNAP II implementation governance architecture at the city,City Division and Ward levelii) Fostering implementation of the performance improvement plan for nutritiongovernance in the cityiii) Establishment functionality of Nutrition Coordination Committees both at the citydivisions and all the wards in the city. Click to read full report

ENHANCING NUTRITION SERVICES IN GOVERNMENT HEALTH SYSTEMS: INSIGHTS FROM KRC-UGANDA’S MCHN+TSFP PROJECT IN KYAKA II REFUGEE SETTLEMENTS

ENHANCING NUTRITION SERVICES IN GOVERNMENT HEALTH SYSTEMS: INSIGHTS FROM KRC-UGANDA’S MCHN+TSFP PROJECT IN KYAKA II REFUGEE SETTLEMENTS

 Ms.Sharon assessing the nutrition status of a baby at a Health Centre in Kyaka II refugee settlement KRC-Uganda’s robust Human Resource (HR) department, bolstered by multiple donations, continues to expand its efforts in addressing malnutrition comprehensively in humanitarian settings. Through partnerships with international organizations, KRC-Uganda has evolved from dependency to autonomy, securing substantial multi-year grants, from international organizations like World Food Program (WFP). KRC-Uganda is extending its support to nutrition rehabilitation centers at health facilities, emphasizing the enhancement of multi-sectoral dimensions. Human Resources (HR) ultimately plays a pivotal role in strengthening systems and mobilizing resources. However, there remains a notable gap in the integration of nutrition services across the health […]

CREATING DEMONSTRATION GARDENS IN ECD CENTERS TO COMBAT MALNUTRITION

CREATING DEMONSTRATION GARDENS IN ECD CENTERS TO COMBAT MALNUTRITION

Mr. Aheebwa Mubarak- the KRC-Uganda Agricultural Extension Worker supporting the CMC members in establishment of nursery beds Meet Ms. Enid Kyarisima, a vibrant 32-year-old Ugandan woman who lives in Mukondo C with her loving family. She’s a dedicated caregiver (teacher) at Lucky Nursery School in Mukondo C Zone, nestled in the heart of the Kyaka II Refugee Settlement in Kyegegwa District. Lucky Nursery School is part of a special Kulea Watoto project, which is implemented by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Kabarole Research and Resource Centre-Uganda (KR-Uganda). This initiative aims to enhance early child development in the settlement. At Lucky Nursery School, Kyarisiima Enid nurtures 235 children aged 3-6 […]

ASSESSING PROGRESS: THE FUNCTIONALITY OF KYEGEGWA DISTRICT NUTRITION COORDINATION COMMITTEE (DNCC)

ASSESSING PROGRESS: THE FUNCTIONALITY OF KYEGEGWA DISTRICT NUTRITION COORDINATION COMMITTEE (DNCC)

 Kyegegwa DNCC at the district headquarters after the meeting In September 2020, Uganda approved the second Uganda Nutrition Action Plan (UNAP II) (2020/21 – 2024/25) as the country’s strategic framework for scaling up nutrition during that period. The UNAP II mandates the Ministry of Local Government to strengthen the enabling environment for scaling up nutrition-specific and sensitive actions at the local governments in Uganda. These actions are better facilitated when there is a fully functional District Nutrition Coordination Committee (DNCC). The Maturity Model Approach (MMA) uses five levels – Level 1 (Nascent), Level 2 (Emerging), Level 3 (Established), Level 4 (Institutionalized), and Level 5 (Optimized) to assess the functionality of […]

The Looming Debt Trap Dilemma Facing the Contemporary Smallholder Farmer and the Small and Medium Entrepreneur (SMEs) in Uganda

The Looming Debt Trap Dilemma Facing the Contemporary Smallholder Farmer and the Small and Medium Entrepreneur (SMEs) in Uganda

In many regions of Uganda and across Africa, a significant majority of the population, comprising over 70%, is engaged in farming and small-scale businesses as their primary means of livelihood. Unfortunately, smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs in this demographic face a considerable challenge in accessing affordable capital to initiate, expand, or enhance their existing ventures. Subsequently, these individuals, often referred to as the ‘unbankable‘ by mainstream banking institutions, resort to obtaining high-interest loans from predatory money lenders. As reported by the Ankole Times, during the National Resistance Movement Caucus held at the Entebbe State House on September 28, 2023, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa directed the Minister for Finance to issue […]

Combatting Monocropping with integrated farm Management

Combatting Monocropping with integrated farm Management

In the lush landscapes of Uganda, smallholder farms have long relied on traditional farming practices, particularly the method of monocropping. However, this approach has been branded as a “disastrous agriculture system” by Ocean Robbins (2022), and its detrimental effects on land productivity and food security are becoming increasingly evident. Monocropping, the practice of cultivating a single crop repeatedly, offers neither the dietary diversity we need nor the ecological balance our ecosystems crave. As a result, farming families are grappling with pronounced nutritional and food insecurities, exacerbating the economic and social challenges they face.  In the early 1990s, the Ugandan government initiated a shift towards early maturing crops, diverting attention from […]

The Supremacy of Nutrition Education and Counselling

The Supremacy of Nutrition Education and Counselling

Nutrition is a central element of our daily lives, influencing our overall health and well-being. Proper Nutrition plays a critical role in preventing chronic diseases, promoting growth and development, and enhancing our quality of life. However, several individuals struggle to make informed dietary choices due to a lack of knowledge or misinformation. This is where Nutrition education and counselling step in as powerful tools to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthier food choices. Understanding Nutrition Education and Counselling Nutrition education refers to the process of providing individuals or communities with information, knowledge, and skills related to nutrition and dietary choices (Academy of Nutrition and […]

HANDLING NUTRITIOUS FOOD COMMODITIES: EXPERIENCE SHARED FROM KRC-UGANDA: BUJUBULI HCIV, KYAKA II REFUGEE SETTLEMENT

HANDLING NUTRITIOUS FOOD COMMODITIES: EXPERIENCE SHARED FROM KRC-UGANDA: BUJUBULI HCIV, KYAKA II REFUGEE SETTLEMENT

  Bujubuli store with Minimum inventory. In today’s fast-paced business world, excess inventory can be a major obstacle to growth and profitability. Whether it’s unsold products taking up valuable storage space or excess and obsolete items tying up capital, having too much inventory can lead to increased costs and decreased cash flow. There are various causes of excess inventory that businesses should be mindful of. Forecasting errors, such as inaccurate predictions of product demand, can result in over-ordering or under-ordering, leading to surplus stock. Poor inventory management practices, like inadequate tracking systems or communication gaps between departments, can also contribute to excess inventory. Supplier issues, changes in demand, product life […]

Putting the future of Uganda’s agriculture and agricultural cooperatives into perspective

Putting the future of Uganda’s agriculture and agricultural cooperatives into perspective

Growing up as a child in a farming household in the late 60s through the 70s, it was rare to hear dad or mum decrying lack or scarcity of money as it is nowadays for many families. For some reason for sure, many farm families derived their income from a certain cash crop, but I also recall that most of the social services were provided freely or subsidized by the government as a public good. As a young boy, I witnessed how farming was a profitable venture. Without due regard to the current gender jargon, allow me to mention that my late Father was a chairman of a primary Coffee Cooperative Society. […]

The Annual African CITY FOOD month campaign

The Annual African CITY FOOD month campaign

By Bernard Bwambale, Nutritionist and Program Manager, KRC On 29th July, Kabarole Research and Resource Centre joined Health Food Africa and Hivos to participate in the African City Food Month campaign webinar, that focused on the Multiplicities of entry points into urban food governance through the lenses of “Food Sensitive Urban Planning” and the “City Food Systems”. The annual event is organized by ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), a global network working with numerous local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. The African City Food Month campaign highlights diverse, innovative and evolving African urban food systems. During the event, KRC presented operations of the Fort Portal Food System Lab to […]