CSOs Statement for World Food Day 2022

CSOs Statement for World Food Day 2022

Recalling that, Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals aims at ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. The SDG Report (2017) indicates that Goal 2 addresses a fundamental human need access to nutritious, healthy food, and the means by which it can be sustainably secured for everyone. Therefore, Access…

Recalling that, Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals aims at ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. The SDG Report (2017) indicates that Goal 2 addresses a fundamental human need access to nutritious, healthy food, and the means by which it can be sustainably secured for everyone. Therefore, Access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. Food that is not safe is not food and definitely not nutritious as the same becomes dangerous to Human Health.

It’s on this basis that, We the CSOs in Uganda on this day the 16th October 2022, join the rest of the world to celebrate the World Food Day under the theme, “Leave No One Behind: Better Production, Better Nutrition, Better Environment and Better Life. We commend the government of Uganda for all the initiatives put forward to ensure access to adequate and safe food for all through the enactments of different legal frameworks and various Government programmes, plans, strategies, models systems, the loss of livelihoods, increased food insecurity and inequality and the need to transform Agri-food systems.

Therefore, the WFD theme is in line with the government’s approach to increase local production and ensure food and nutrition security for the country. at national levels aimed at increasing production, productivity, value addition and marketing. We also commend the government for the commitments undertaken at the regional and international levels, for example by implementing the SDG goals, the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Program (CAADP) and the agricultural Development Strategy and Investment Plan (DSIP), and being a signatory to the Malabo Declaration of June 2014 which aims at reducing childhood malnutrition (under-five stunting to 10 percent and wasting to 5 percent) by 2025.

However, Given the theme for the WFD, we would like to draw the attention of the government on the following issues within the food systems in Uganda which we categorically believe if not addressed, this theme will not be achieved in Uganda. We therefore call upon everybody and every institution to rise up to the occasion of addressing these issues in order to mitigate occurrences that are most likely to happen if no or limited action is done to turn talking into sustainable action.

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