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Nutritionalisation of Agriculture in Uganda – Role of Agriculture in Improving the Nutritional Status of Women and Children. WRAP-UP OF MEETING. Opening Session. Prof Kakitahi set the stage by introducing workshop objectives and purpose

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Nutritionalisation of Agriculture in Uganda – Role of Agriculture in Improving the Nutritional Status of Women and Children


opening session
Opening Session
  • Prof Kakitahi set the stage by introducing workshop objectives and purpose
  • Prof Mugambi welcomed participants imparting a thought on the importance of mother and child nutrition in socio-economic development
  • Guest Speaker H.E. Amb Jerry Lanier of the US to Uganda commended Uganda on its efforts in addressing mother and child nutrition, and echoed the USA commitment and support to improve mother and child Nutrition in Uganda
  • The speech read on behalf of the Guest of Honour by Hon Gabriel Opio touched on issues of malnutrition and agriculture in Uganda recommending: continued research to improve nutrition, understanding the political dimensions of nutrition, and bridging the gap between agriculture and health. The OPM, which coordinates all government programmes will coordinate intersectoral nutrition interventions
  • The Keynote address by Ms Juliet Aphane of FAO focused on an analysis of the role of agriculture in improving the nutritional status of woman and children
session 1
Session 1
  • The purpose of this session was to review the causes and the impact of malnutrition on women and children
  • Presentations centred around the Nutrition highlights within the NDP, linkages between agriculture and nutrition, and the determinants of malnutrition in Uganda
  • The discussions focussed on issues related to intersectoral coordination in addressing nutrition, nutrition policy implementation, gender integration, strengthening institutional capacity, and nutrition education and extension
session 2
Session 2
  • The purpose of this session was to explore past and present agric interventions, their impacts on the nutrition status of women and children and review how they were measured
  • Presentations focused on the challenges and lessons learnt from previous efforts to improve nutrition in Uganda; NARO as a case study of integrating nutrition in agric research; and the implications of post harvest technology and food processing on food and nutrition security
  • Highlights of the discussion included the use of Food Based dietary guidelines, reviving and renaming the Home Economics Dept in MAAIF, issues around the sustainability of nutrition projects, postharvest nutrient losses, and value addition
session 3
Session 3
  • This session centered on national policies that address nutrition and attempts by govt to engage in cross-sectoral dialogue, coordination and funding
  • Presentations highlighted the operationalisation of the NDP within the agric sector, the economic and politics of nutrition in Uganda and the challenges, experiences and lessons learnt from government models of coordination
  • The main issue of discussion was dissemination of the Food and nutrition policy, passing the Bill in Parliament to offset policy implementation, and instituting the Act
session 4
Session 4
  • The purpose of this session was to highlight cross-cutting issues that impede policy implementation for effective contribution of agric to improved nutrition outcomes.
  • Round table discussions focussed on the influence of markets, economic politics, and land tenure on nutrition; disseminating information on the values and importance of various foods; the role of women, cultural norms and taboos, attitudes and empowerment of both men and women in improving nutrition; and re-emphasis on the importance of cross-sectional dialogue in nutrition issues.
session 5
Session 5
  • Examined models linking nutrition and agriculture in other countries in Africa, describing how they were implemented and the lessons learnt
  • Nigeria and Kenya shared their experiences and lessons learnt on pertinent issues around their national nutrition policies, programmes and interventions
key messages
Key Messages
  • The need for a multi-sectoral approach and coordination in addressing mother and child malnutrition
  • Food security is not necessarily nutrition security
  • The need for nutrition education and sensitisation at all levels and in all sectors
  • The role of the NPA in evaluating the NDP, facilitating its implementation, as well as kick starting the National Food and Nutrition Council and re-awakening the technical working group of the council
  • The role of UNAS in propelling nutrition discussion in Uganda
  • The inclusion of men in gender and nutrition sensitisation
  • Involvement of the community in crafting nutrition interventions
  • Issues around sustainability and adoption of nutrition programmes
  • Integrating nutrition indicators in agriculture projects and assessing their impacts
  • Supporting evidence-based research to guide the operationalisation of nutrition policies