Hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition pose major health and economic challenges especially in Rural Uganda. By several measures, the country ranks among the least well-nourished countries in the world. The global hunger index score for Uganda is 26.4, categorizing the country’s level of hunger as “serious” and putting it in 87th place out of 118 developing countries. 15 percent of child moralities in Uganda were due to under nutrition. Households residing in rural areas were VRCEU operates are more food insecure—with lower dietary diversity, higher dependence on staples, and greater prevalence of malnutrition among women and children—relative to their urban counterparts. Rural households have more limited access to food, indicated by higher poverty rates and the greater proportion of households that spend more than 65 percent of their income on food. Gender differences exist in food and nutrition needs in Uganda. Notably, there are more females living below the poverty line than males in the country. Female-headed households appear to be more food insecure relative to male-headed ones. Nearly half of female-headed households in Uganda have low dietary diversity and more than half are energy deficient. Food access remains a major challenge to achieving food and nutrition security in the country due to low agricultural productivity and the large gender gap in access to agricultural inputs and other productive resources such as land, information technology, equipment, irrigation, and financial services.
Many women headed families in Bukedea District still plough by hand – an exhausting and time consuming task .Available information states that to plough an acre of land by hand takes one(1) month and by ox-plough it takes four(4) days, Some have adopted ploughing with oxen and have drastically
- cut their ploughing time,
- expanded their farm size
- Increased their yields.
- Reduced on exhaustion
VRCEU with other local partner, are working with the poorest of women farmers, providing them with oxen, ploughs and training. In return, the women farmers will invest part of the money from their increased harvests into community projects such as child education and health.
The Project is planned for 4 communities around Bukedea, targeting 137 women headed households. The first phase of the project is currently in progress, the best cows are moderate in size and short horned, like those indigenous in Teso and Karamoja regions. They should be well fed to help in maintaining their energy levels.
- For a one off donation of 150 US Dollars you can buy a family a ploughing bull
- For a one off donation of 80 US Dollars you can buy a family a ploughing hoe system