Uganda’s economic growth, mainly in industry, has almost halved the national poverty rate in less than 20 years (from 56.4% in 1992-93 to 24.5% in 20 09-10 ). In marked contrast, Uganda’s progress in reducing hunger (MDG1) is poor and unacceptable, given a strong record of sustained poverty reduction. Chronic under nutrition measured by stunting is currently at 33% Ugandan children under 5 years old (2.3 million).
Stunting decreased by only 6% between 1995 and 2006 and remains higher than in neighboring countries with lower per capita income. Household food insecurity is common among smallholder farmers, particularly due to poor access to micronutrient rich foods, which is exacerbated by seasonality in food production.
The goal of the Agriculture is to increase rural incomes, increase livelihoods and improve food and nutrition security of the households. This is in line with the National Development Plan (NDP), which aims at reducing inequity, raising growth and living standards, and addressing food and nutrition security.
The main objective is to improve food and nutrition security in Universal Primary Education Schools, vulnerable smallholder households through increased production and consumption of nutritious foods. The programme aims to increase and diversify production of nutritious foods, improve nutrition knowledge and practices.