Oulanyah: absurd Uganda a food basket suffers hunger

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The World Food Programme (WFP) has pledged support to end hunger in Uganda.

The support is in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) No.2 of putting an end to hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture.

This assurance was made by the WFP Country Representative El Khidir Daloum who paid a courtesy call on the Rt. Hon. Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah on Wednesday, 19th July 2017 at Parliament.

“Uganda has a potential to make this dream of zero hunger come true because 76 percent of Uganda’s National Development Plan (NDP) II, is aligned to SDGs,” Daloum said.

Daloum added that WFP would help Uganda in curbing hunger and related problems such as malnutrition among children.

He also indicated that WFP would continue extending food aid, responding to the refugee crisis and empowering smallholder farmers to deal with hunger in the country.

Oulanyah said it is regrettable for a country like Uganda, which he said is a food basket in the East African region, to suffer from hunger.

He commended WFP for its assistance in empowering Uganda fight food insecurity, saying there is need to build capacity for farmers in agricultural practices.

“We now have situations where people buy food from the gardens and leave the farmers with nothing to eat,” Oulanyah said.

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