Before COVID-19, more than 30 percent of the total population faced some level of chronic food insecurity. The causes of food insecurity in Uganda are multifaceted, often a result of poverty, landlessness, high fertility, natural disasters, high food prices, lack of education, and the fact that a majority of Ugandans depend on agriculture as a main source of income. This has tripled in the past three months because the lock down due to the global pandemic and also the changes in weather conditions of Uganda.

Uganda was on a total lockdown due to the COVID-19 global pandemic which had devastating effects including loss of lives across the world.  In response to the global pandemic, the government of Uganda put directives to stop social gatherings of all kinds including public transport and all services except essentials were closed. All towns and villages are on lockdown. This led to disruption of the social order like access to medicines and all services including food.

 The government made a plan to supply food relief for the Central business district people and refused to cover other vulnerable communities who were working from hand to mouth in other districts. However the plan had not been fully implemented yet people who were hand to mouth earners across the country had started starving.

It is on that note that CEFROHT with support from AVAAZ foundation decided to reach out to the vulnerable people in communities and supplied them with food relief items. CEFROHT utilized the local council leadership to identify individuals who were experiencing acute hunger in their jurisdiction. It also operated a call center where people in need of emergence food support called to get food support. The criteria of selection depended on the vulnerability of the family; that was either headed by a child or an elderly, family with persons living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant mothers, teenage mothers and children below 5 years.

Food support (maize flour and beans) was distributed to 4,960 vulnerable families in the districts of Mukono, Wakiso and Kampala.

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Social Justice in Food and Health

The Center for Food and Adequate Living Rights (CEFROHT), is a human rights not-for-profit organization that applies a human rights-based approach to food, nutrition, trade, and investment systems and its linkage to…Read More


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