KATAKWI – Approximately 14000 people in Toroma sub-county, Toroma County in Katakwi district are starving with most of them having a meal a day.
While others sleep by only eating sausage, others have resorted to mangoes, according to Authorities.
Kizito Ben Obwalinga, the LC3 chairperson told us that residents in Toroma survive on rain fed agriculture and due to poor climate last year, most farmer’s bumper harvest was affected by unpredictable rains.
Julius Odeke the LCV councilor for Toroma Sub County in Katakwi district says that the problem of hunger cuts across the sub-county, he is worried that there will be looming food crisis for this three month until harvesting of season,
Recently, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries (MAAIF) announced that it needs Shs660 billion to tackle the country’s food security challenges.
According to the United Nations, approximately 2.4 million people in Uganda are facing acute food insecurity, with the number expected to rise to 3.5 million by June 2023.
The government’s efforts to combat food insecurity have been hampered by the lack of a clear food security policy and strategy.
Uganda has implemented several programs to combat acute hunger, including the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) and the Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP), which aim to improve agricultural productivity and enhance food security but have also faced tremendous challenges.