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TOUGH CHOICES. DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES.

Imagine that you had just enough money to buy food for the week, with nothing left over to pay your utility bills or taxi fare to get to work. Many hungry families face these tough choices every day.

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COMPROMISES AND COPING STRATEGIES

The median annual income for households is approximately about UGX 3,800,000. Based from studies collected in 2014 over hunger in Uganda, people encounter and face various choices due to limited resources:

  • utilities

    69%

    Had to choose between food and utilities

  • WT_transport

    67%

    Had to choose between food and transportation

  • medication

    66%

    Had to choose between food and medical care

  • housing

    57%

    Had to choose between food and housing

  • WT_edn

    31%

    Had to choose between food and education

It was also discovered in many ways on how people stretch their food budgets or work to supplement it:

  • inhealthy_food

    79%

    Purchase inexpensive, unhealthy food

  • friends_family

    53%

    Receive help from friends or family

  • food_drinks

    40%

    Water down food or drinks

  • personal_property

    35%

    Sell or pawn personal property

  • gardening

    23%

    Grow food in a garden

  The impact of hunger on health
  The impact of hunger on health

Hunger and health are deeply connected. People who are food insecure are disproportionally affected by diet-sensitive chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and according to research, food insecurity is also linked to many adverse effects to overall health.

Learn more about the intersection of hunger and health ›

  Hunger and child development
  Hunger and child development

For children, food insecurity is particularly devastating. Not having enough healthy food can have serious implications for a child’s physical and mental health, academic achievement and future economic prosperity. Research shows an association between food insecurity and delayed development in young children; risk of chronic illnesses like asthma and anemia; and behavioral problems like hyperactivity, anxiety and aggression in school-age children.

Learn more about child hunger ›