Looking at the Role of Qurbani in Reducing Food Insecurity in Uganda

Qurbani is more than just worship. Benefactors can help reduce food insecurity in their communities by participating in Qurbani. In recent years, this has also occurred during Eid ul-Adha in Uganda.

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Qurbani helps to alleviate food insecurity in Uganda. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, UGANDA – Qurbani is more than just worship. Residents who rarely eat meat may find solace in Qurbani meat distribution. It reduced severe hunger in areas where there are currently food shortages by distributing Qurbani meat.

In recent years, this has occurred in several areas of Uganda. Qurbani meat from Indonesians distributed through Global Qurban-ACT helped alleviate Uganda's high rate of food insecurity in many districts.

"Qurbani meat from Indonesian donors has been present in Uganda several times since Global Qurban-ACT expanded its reach to African countries. More than two million Ugandans have reaped the benefits of Qurbani meat since the Qurbani in 2017, 2019, and 2020," Monday (6/20/2022), Andi Noor Faradiba of the Global Humanity Network-ACT team said.

Indonesian donors' Qurbani could reach up to 12 districts in Uganda by 2020, including Kibuku, Jinja, Iganaga, Lira, Soroti, Nabilatuku, Mbale, Sironko, Bulambuli, Kopochorwa, Kibuku, and Butebo.

At the time, the 12 districts suffered from severe food insecurity due to flash floods that had displaced thousands of Ugandans. Following the flood, Ugandans became infected with various diseases such as malaria, dysentery, and cholera, exacerbating the situation.

As a result of the flooding, many areas experienced food shortages. At the time, Global Qurban distributed the meat given by Shohibul Qurban.

"In 2020, the distribution of Qurbani meat in Uganda reached nearly 600,000 beneficiaries. The Global Qurban team directly delivered packaged meat from one house to another," said Faradiba.

This year, Uganda is also experiencing a food crisis due to East African poverty. According to the United Nations (UN), nearly half of Ugandans consume fewer calories than they require each day. One in every three school-age children does not have enough food to eat during the school day.

Not to mention that Uganda hosts more refugees than any other country in Africa, including South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burundi. Therefore, the population of Uganda is growing, as is the demand for food. []