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Nutritious Meals Still Elude Ugandans Despite Rich Agricultural Landscape

Banana vendor At Onyona Market in Omoro district

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Accessing nutritious meals continues to be a major challenge for Ugandans due to the costs involved.

Experts say that the price of a nutritious meal, comprising fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, often surpasses the financial means of a considerable number of households.

Dr Christiane Rudert, UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Nutrition Advisor says that despite the importance of maintaining a balanced diet for overall health and well-being, a substantial number of Ugandans struggle to afford meals that meet their nutritional needs.

She made these remarks during the ongoing National Nutrition Forum organized by the Office of the Prime Minister with support from UNICEF.

The forum serves as a platform for diverse stakeholders, including government ministries and departments involved in the food and nutrition value chain, as well as development partners, to collaborate on addressing nutritional challenges.

The nutritionist pointed out that analysis indicates that many households, especially those in the lowest-spending bracket of 15 to 35 per cent, cannot affordably address gaps in complementary feeding, particularly concerning animal-source protein, iron, and calcium. 

Agnes Kirabo, the Executive Director of the Food Rights Alliance, noted that several Ugandans no longer eat what they need but rather what they can afford.

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