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70% of Ugandan households hungry without food - survey

Ugandan households are scared about poverty and food insecurity according to a survey that was carried out by Uwezo in the last three months. The findings of the survey were released on Thursday at Hotel Africana.

The Sauti za Wananchi or Voices of the Citizens survey shows that poverty and food insecurity are the main problems that households in the country are facing at the moment.

67 per cent of Uganda's said they were hungry but had nothing to eat

The survey was carried out from October last year. A mobile phone was placed in 2,000 households around the country and on a monthly basis, data was recorded about their financial situation at the given time.

According to the survey, majority of Ugandans have faced food insecurity in the past three months. Seven people out of 10 say that they had to skip a meal because of lack of food, 69 per cent said that their households ran out of food, 67 per cent said they were hungry but had nothing to eat while 85 per cent were worried about running out of food in the past three months.

Marie Nanyanzi, Sauti za Wananchi officer and lead researcher, says that the findings show that Ugandans are not happy with their state of being.

"This data reveals a very challenging picture. Our citizens are hungry and are struggling financially. And a large majority is unhappy with the way in which the economy is being managed," said Nanyanzi.

The survey also shows that only one out of every five citizens have enough income to meet their needs on a daily basis. These daily needs include; purchasing food, transport and buying or paying daily utility bills like water.

Nanyanzi says that they want policy makers to address the issues of food security and poverty that the report shows.

"From the entire report, what we would like the policy makers to probably address, is the issue that Ugandans are faced with the challenge of poverty, and also, they are hungry because the food stress [is high]. 85% of Ugandans mentioned that they were worried about running out of food.

When we looked at his figure and compared with our neighbours in Kenya; because a survey was done at the same time, the figure was much lower at 68%. So we see Ugandans are more food insecure and also financially struggling," said Nanyanzi.  

The survey shows that food stress is higher in Uganda than Kenya. The same survey that was carried out in Uganda and was taken to Kenya and the findings show that while 85 per cent of Ugandans are worried about food, in neighbouring Kenya the figure stands at 69 per cent.
Sheila Depio a research associate with the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) says the findings of the survey are in line with other previous findings in regards to poverty and food security. 

Dr Mary Nakabugo, Twaweza Uganda executive director, says that the findings show that government needs to step in to offer their support.

"Ordinary Ugandans are working very hard to provide for themselves and their children, but they are struggling to achieve economic security. The government can step in to support their efforts and ensure that no one is left behind as the country forges ahead."

According to interpretive data from the survey Karamoja, Teso and the central region of the country had the highest numbers of people, who, in the last three months have gone hungry an entire day at least once.

Karamoja was the highest with 85 per cent, followed by central with 75 per cent and Teso with 73 per cent.

Lango, Bunyoro and West Nile regions had the least number of people going hungry with 9, 30 and 30 per cent of the population going a day without a meal respectively


+2 #1 WADADA rogers 2018-03-03 21:29
70% is such a huge number, the government seems to be doing nothing about food security or is it that these Ugandans are to lazy to work in order to have excess during the wet seasons or is it because they dont have land. imagine these hungry people still go ahead to produce children when the parents themselves are starving.
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+3 #2 Wooden K. 2018-03-04 13:14
Oryena mukwasi Wadada Rogers !

This survel is wrong .
Had Sauti za Wananchi gone to Kiboga last week , they would have seen very well-fed Ugandans as represented by Her Excellency Ruth Nankabirwa.

Last week , Monitor reported that at one school in Nakaseke, 800 pupils has no where to sh** because their one only latrine was full to the brim.

There is this pica of the pupils lining up waiting for their turn to "go". Nakaseke is not far from where the 317 New Historicals had their feast.

Now really ,can hungry pupils who lack food fill a latrine fo the brim ?

So yes , thanks to our Life President Uganda is sprinting towards that middle income thing, hungry or not
No worries !
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+1 #3 Jama 2018-03-04 14:17
Oh Uganda the land of fertile soil ! With the majority of its inhabitants starving.

If Uganda was well managed, we are supposed one of the most agro_industrial countries in the continent.

We have one of the most fertile soil in the world, which can produce enough food for consumption and export.

we have millions of cows capable for beef production, milk and other milk produce. We lakes like Victoria, Albert, kyoga and river Nile. All these water bodies possess huge quantities of fish.
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+2 #4 Jama 2018-03-04 16:06
Before the 1986 revolution, l remember food rotting in markets.

If we can question ourselves, how many tractors can buy all the money spent on the age limit issue and other unproductive ceremonies?

If our sister nations like Kenya and Tanzania are experiencing more social and economic progress more than us because they always get frequent change of leadership through mature elections.

Pacific change of leadership can bring social progress. In such limited terms a leader is judged by action not words.
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+2 #5 Odongo Richard Otim 2018-03-04 18:32
That survey wasn't wrong because most Ugandans earn from hands to months.In the villages farmers are selling almost everything from food harvests to domestic animals in order to raise fees for their children to school and other needs like clothing and other groceries.

There is no cash crops.Kenya has many Industries where Uganda imports from and Uganda again exports most of its food harvests to Kenya then what position can you put us?

Poverty and famine of course.Don't be sceptical about Th A survey.
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0 #6 Akot 2018-03-05 19:41
Wooden K., understood, so,

What will the situation be in the coming years as museveni has paved way for his continuity & there is no opposition to him?
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0 #7 Akot 2018-03-05 19:49
WADADA rogers, understood!

But there is money/food for refugees in Uganda & more will be resettled & taken care of by UNHCR-EU-Human rights groups... because as Ugandans are silent & provide tax money in peace, the country is considered normal-good-healthy...by the outside world & Ugandans don't need change of leadership!

Ugandans are not a concern to any one, after all, they are alright with status quo: museveni is served, tribal leaders/mps-ministers get their share, refugees from yonder are taken care of & they are happy in peaceful Uganda!
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0 #8 Akot 2018-03-05 20:00
Jama, thanks, but,

A people must want change of leadership & go for it! This is not so with Ugandans who are at peace & provide tax money in time while making sure the tribalistic system that goes all decency & rejected/not tolerated by rest of the world stands firm!

European racists politicians have turned to be real nationalists & are on the point of coming to power by promising to unite/respect people & not divide them through hatred-racism-sectarianism!
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0 #9 Akot 2018-03-05 20:12
Odongo Richard Otim, thanks, so,

Why are Ugandans the only people to just go along with a government that does NOTHING for them?

Change of leadership is brought about by the poor-sick without healthcare-jobless-illiterates who want chance to education... & if they don't rise up, they will be ignored even dead!

Funny, UNHCR-Europe-NGOs give food/money for refugees in Uganda, yet don't see Ugandans too need hand outs!

But then again, Ugandans are responsible for what they live & they alone can turn things around, but not by maintaining the tribalistic system that the entire world does not accept!

Even Rwanda-S.Sudan... that are tribalists, don't dare have tribal leaders because they know then, they won't get any food/charity...!

Even European racist politicians have changed attitudes & are now accepted!
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