Agricultural and Food Security


Food security challenges have been compounded in recent years by high food prices, natural disasters, conflict, and poor governance; and will be further compounded, as global demand for food, fodder and bioenergy crops grows, climatic variability increases, diets change and natural resources are depleted.
To reduce hunger, improving agriculture on small farms is critical. TESDEF UGANDA is committed to helping parents provide for their children by improving the productivity, sustainability and resilience of small farms in three ways:
  1. Protecting the natural resource base on which agriculture depends
  2. Empowering families and interdependent communities
  3. Promoting just systems and structures

While many countries are making great progress toward achieving the 2015 Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger, achieving food security in sub-Saharan Africa remains a great challenge. Specific to its work in Teso and Busoga Regions, TESDEF UGANDA promotes three core approaches:

  1. Soil Conserving Agriculture
  2. Savings Groups
  3. Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration of Trees

These core approaches help build the livelihood capitals of smallholder farmers and thereby build well-being and enhance resilience against shocks. It is on this foundation that other programming interventions build. 


Unlocking women's potential in Teso Region

eso is the poorest region in Uganda, with over 80% of the population living below the poverty line.  The people in Teso are amongst the most marginalized and are largely excluded from mainstream health and development planning.
Here, providing sustainable, practical solutions to healthcare issues is key. Women in the region are the gatekeepers to their communities’ health, so leveraging their power unlocks opportunities. 
In Morungatuny – one of the many areas in Teso where TESDEF UGANDA operates - Irrigation systems needs to be installed through water tanks, turning areas into gardens and farms for crop growing. Not only does this address the issue of poor nutrition; the sale of vegetables gives women in the community an income - a significant shift in a largely patriarchal society. This income also gives the women the ability to buy nutritious food for their children to supplement what they grow. This can also be replicated in other areas of our operation like Kapujan in Katakwi, Gweri, Asuret and Kamuda in Soroti, Agaria in Kumi
Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world. Whilst images of rural poverty in Uganda are common, often less attention is paid to the increasing number of people who live in rural places. TESDEF UGANDA is in the pole Position to unlock and change the current state of events using its experienced staff. Resources inform of funds are needed to help in the process and we ask for your hand of support towards this as we work towards attaining the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Promotion of social and economic rights-focusing on the right to food, and production opportunities:

qTESDEF UGANDA is working together with community based organization to promote the social and economic rights-focusing on the right to food and production opportunities.
We seek to support the efforts of women and poor rural households produce food in an efficient and effective manner to address the challenges related to food insecurity.
We recognize the efforts of women to produce food for their households, because currently women in Uganda produce over 70% of the food consumed in most households in the country. Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, yet they also earn only about 10% of the world’s income and own less than 1% of the world’s property. We also recognize that women are among the poorest and most at risk in almost every community and face mounting challenges in realizing their human rights to equality and dignity.
To TESDEF UGANDA, the right to food for all is viewed in three major ways; the ability of households to acquire sufficient quality and quantity of food to meet all household members’ nutritional requirements for productive lives; secondly, the individual’s biological capacity to make use of food for a productive life (Utilization of available food); and lastly, food availability at all times for every member of the household.
This means that all the three components shall be strengthened by TESDEF UGANDA; to include making improvements in food processing and storage techniques coupled with adequate knowledge and skills on nutrition. Also important is improving women’s and rural smallholder farmers’ ability to produce enough food in a more sustainable manner.
In 2015, we provided farmers of Morungatuny with production inputs especially seeds, and trainings in post-harvest management. Our limitation was failure to adequately, meet our budget requirements to be able to back these seeds with other inputs like Oxen, ploughs and chains. In Apujan and Toroma sub counties in Katakwi District, we gave female headed households some cassava cuttings to plant; but we also failed to back this up with other inputs like oxen for opening up more acreage of planting land.
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Women receiving cassava cuttings                  one of beneficiary groundnut garden

 


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