The report titled “Towards Zero Hunger: A Strategic Review of Sustainable Development Goal 2 in Uganda”, measures Uganda’s readiness to end hunger and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2) of Zero Hunger by 2030.

The Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) conducted the assessment over the past eleven months on behalf of the National Planning Authority (NPA) and with support from the  World Food Programme.

The report that was launched on July 28, 2017 in Kampala indicates that half of Ugandans consume fewer calories than they require each day while the country does not have capacity to store food for use in emergencies. The report states that “Uganda was found to have few food reserves, most of them being grain silos owned by private entities...with limited policy options available to address sudden food shortages.”

The report further reveals that majority of Uganda’s children go to school hungry while most of those aged under 5 are stunted due to poor feeding.

SDG 2 Report Launch

Among several findings the review blames food insecurity to constrained land rights and limited use of sustainable land management practices. With growing urbanization, the report advises farmers to adopt urban farming and value addition.

In a press release issued at the launch, Dr. John Sekamatte, the Manager Population and Social Sector Planning at NPA said “only one in five land holdings in Uganda has a formal title with a small share of those holdings being registered in the names of women.”

According to the report, this gender unfairness is one of the many land tenure challenges that contributes to low farm yields, food shortages and high food prices.

The report recommends fast tracking of pending parliamentary bills relevant to ending hunger, increasing political commitment to land reforms and establishment of a comprehensive school feeding policy among others.

The preliminary findings of the report were initially presented to members of the Parliamentary Forum on Food Security on 29th March 2017 at Parliament of Uganda. A validation workshop to review findings was organized by NPA on 12th May 2017 at Metropole Hotel, Kampala.

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