Component 1.1.1. Generation of new technologies, practices and strategies
- Provide short maturing and high producing seed and cuttings for planting food and cash crops in pastoral areas
- Develop nutrient dense crops and innovative farming systems for improved household food security and nutrition
Component 2.1.1: Improving the policy and regulatory environment
- MAAIF will also assist with the preparation and adoption of appropriate domestic food safety legislation and standards consistent with local conditions and preferences, with WTO rules
- Promotion of good hygienic practices among street vendors, HACCP for food processing and general public awareness campaigns would assist in reducing the incidence of food-borne illness.
Component 2.1.2: Establishing procedures for risk assessment and management
- Support research on food safety and agricultural health concerns
Component 2.1.3: Improved implementation of standards
- Support to consumer awareness campaigns on food safety
- Promotion of good agricultural hygiene and food processing practices to be integrated into extension programs
Component 3.2.7: Enhance food and nutrition security planning
- Ensure nutrition activities are an integral part of Ministry of Agriculture, Animals Industry & Fisheries’ (MAAIF’s) workplans. To be able to achieve the National Development Plan (NDP) objective of “enhancing human capital development”, the problem of chronic hunger needs to be addressed urgently and in a more comprehensive manner.
- Agree the core food security responsibilities of MAAIF
- Complete the legal framework for food and nutrition as it applies to agriculture
- Enhance collaboration with the other key stakeholders (notably the Ministry of Health) to jointly address the nutrition security challenge
- Operationalise the Uganda Food and Nutrition Policy, notably the institutional arrangements, that include establishing a National Food and Nutrition Council, its Secretariat as well as Food and Nutrition Committees in local governments (LGs)
- Operationalise and implement the MAAIF component(s) of the National Food and Nutrition Strategy
- Promote appropriate agricultural technologies and crops that provide significant nutritional advantages (this might include, e.g., promoting the production and consumption of nutrient- dense foods including bio-fortified crops; encouraging dietary diversity, and; promoting household-level food processing technologies.
- Provide timely early warnings for disaster preparedness. This would include developing, at the beginning of every rainy season, rainfall forecasts to prepare messages advising farmers on the appropriate activities to undertake during the season
- Prepare and disseminate bi-annual Early Warning Bulletins indicating the food and nutrition security status in the country
- Assist LGs to prioritise food and nutrition security in their budgets and to prepare plans for implementation
- Expand food markets by assisting the private sector, as appropriate, to improve food storage, value addition, marketing and distribution
- Assist the MoH to conduct surveys on nutritional status
- Advocate for the prioritisation and integration of food and nutrition security in the relevant government frameworks, policies and strategies, along with the provision of adequate resources for implementation.