Policy - The Uganda Food and Nutrition Policy

Published by:
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries and Ministry of Health
Published year:
Is the policy document adopted?:
Adopted year:
Adopted by:
Uganda Government (Reference from ""The National Food and Nutrition Strategy"")
Type of policy:
Comprehensive national nutrition policy, strategy or plan


Goals, objectives or targets related to nutrition: 


2.2 Overall Policy Goal

The overall goal of the UFNP is to ensure food security and adequate nutrition for all the people in Uganda, for their health as well as their social and economic well-being.

2.2.1 Policy Objective

The overall objective of the policy is to promote the nutritional status of the people of Uganda through multi-sectoral and coordinated interventions that focus on food security, improved nutrition and increased incomes.

2.2.2 Key specific objectives

These are to:

(i) to ensure availability, accessibility, affordability of food in the quantities and qualities sufficient to satisfy the dietary needs of individuals sustainably;

(ii) to promote good nutrition of all the population;

(iii) to incorporate food and nutrition issues in the national, district, sub-county and sectoral development plans;

(iv) to ensure that nutrition education and training is incorporated in formal and informal training in order to improve the knowledge and attitudes for behavioural change of communities in food and nutrition-related matters;

(v) to ensure food and income security at household, sub-county, district and national levels for improving the nutrition as well as the socio-economic status of the population;

(vi) to monitor the food and nutrition situation in the country;

(vii) to create an effective mechanism for multi-sectoral co-ordination and advocacy for food and nutrition;

(viii) to promote the formulation and/or review of appropriate policies, laws and standards for food security and nutrition;

(ix) to ensure a healthy environment and good sanitation in the entire food chain system;

(x) to safeguard the health of personnel associated with agricultural chemicals, food processing inputs and products, consumers and any other third parties likely to be affected;

(xi) to promote gender-sensitive technologies and programmes;

(xii) to achieve maximum production with minimum effort; and

(xiii) to promote technologies that are user-friendly to people with disability.


3.7 Nutrition

3.7.1 Goal

The goal of the Government is to improve and promote the nutritional status of the population to a level that is consistent with good health.

3.7.2 Specific objectives

(i) to significantly reduce macro-and micro-nutrient malnutrition, especially among children.

(ii) to reduce under-nutrition among adolescents and women of reproductive age;

(iii) to reduce the incidence of low birth weight;

(iv) to encourage and support women exclusively to breast-feed their babies up to six months of age and to continue breast-feeding while giving appropriate complementary foods up to 2 years;

(v) to promote and support optimum infant and young child feeding practices;

(vi) to eliminate micro-nutrient deficiency disorders with particular emphasis on:

• Vitamin A deficiency;

• Iodine deficiency disorders; and,

• Iron deficiency anaemia;

(vii) to prevent and control chronic nutrition-related non-communicable diseases;

(viii) to promote optimal nutritional standards in institutions; and

(ix) to promote optimum nutrition for people living with HIV/AIDS.


3.10 Gender, Food and Nutrition

3.10.1 Goal

The goal of Government in the area of gender, food and nutrition is to ensure that both men and women achieve optimal nutrition status through improved food security and nutrition, taking into account their reproductive and productive roles in the food chain and in nutrition.

3.10.2 Specific objectives

(i) to promote the nutrition status of women in light of their reproductive and productive roles in society;

(ii) to ensure good nutrition status of men;

(iii) to promote access to maternal and child health services; and

(iv) to ensure that men and women have sufficient time and knowledge to take care of their nutrition needs as well as those of their families.


3.11 Food, Nutrition and Surveillance

3.11.1 Goal

The Government’s goal in the area of food and nutrition surveillance is to have a monitoring system in place that will provide timely information that will be used to stabilise the food and nutrition situation in the country.

3.11.2 Specific objectives

(i) to ensure that relevant personnel have knowledge and skills in data collection, analysis and utilisation of information;

(ii) to monitor and evaluate the food supply and demand conditions; and

(iii) to strengthen systems for providing early warning information on the food and nutrition situation.


WHO 2nd Global Nutrition Policy Review 2016-2017

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