From time immemorial meals safety outlined the prosperity of most societies in Africa ( Uganda), a society that had lots of meals to feed its folks was thought of profitable.
As time moved on the state of affairs with reference to meals safety has been affected and Africa has seen situations the place tens of millions of folks are on the verge of starvation, thus strengthening the adage 9 missed meals away from chaos! Tens of millions of Africans who face starvation have again and again been saved by help donated by the United Nations businesses like the World Meals Programme and Meals Agriculture Organisation.
Now that the world is experiencing a meals disaster attributable to the Russian-Ukrain battle which has affected the circulate of grain and fertiliser, there’s a have to rethink the meals safety state of affairs in Uganda as an entire and begin the implementation of historical Egypt governor Joseph’s technique to offset the burden of meals insecurity.
I strongly consider that Uganda as a nation can transfer into a state of meals safety and this may be achieved by the nation focusing efforts and technocrats in the direction of the aim of coaching folks about fashionable strategies of agriculture and the necessity to advertise indigenous meals storage services.
At Share An Alternative Uganda, we have now labored in the direction of that initiative and this has concerned coaching folks within the totally different mission areas about fashionable farming strategies and these principally embrace post-harvest dealing with of produce, easy irrigation achieved by using watering cans and how to make use of fertilisers within the rising of crops. This in flip has enabled the totally different mission areas the place our organisation operates to obtain meals safety.
The efforts that are put in motion are simply a part of the effort that the authorities places in place to guarantee that meals safety is achieved, however shifting ahead the federal government has to hold out mass sensitisation of folks about correct strategies of farming and how they can be employed to spice up agriculture manufacturing.
As Joseph constructed massive storage buildings have been extra produce was saved and delivered in instances of nice starvation, the authorities ought to construct extra storage silos the place extra agriculture produce could be saved, which in flip ensures meals safety.
Authorities has to develop a sturdy agriculture coverage which defines causes of meals safety within the nation and what measures could be taken to right the deficiencies.
Along with that, there may be want to develop a petro chemical and natural fertilizer business that may enhance fertiliser manufacturing within the nation. It will allow the nation agriculture sector to work as a nicely oiled machine and this will in flip scale back reliance on fertiliser imports in a time when the present paradigm shifts make the geopolitical state of affairs unpredictable.
Reaching complete meals safety is feasible however all of us have a task to play in this wrestle and this has to start from the very best echelon of society and should contain the energetic participation of each Ugandan.
Authored by Benon Kyome, Nationwide Director, Share an Alternative Uganda.