ACTNews, UGANDA – As one of the poorest countries in East Africa, Uganda is still hit by various humanitarian problems. These include poverty and hunger. According to the United Nations World Food Programme, on average, nearly half of all Ugandans consume fewer calories than they need every day. One in three schoolchildren has no food to eat during the school day.
Poverty and hunger in Uganda are caused by several factors, most notably population growth which continues to soar. A fast-growing population – expected to reach 100 million by 2050 – and the presence of the world’s third-largest refugee population pose further challenges to the country’s ability to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 on Zero Hunger.
In addition, Uganda hosts more refugees than any other country in Africa. They come to Uganda from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. The Government gives refugees plots of land to cultivate to encourage their self-sufficiency. However, as the number of refugees – especially from South Sudan – grows, these plots become gradually smaller.
Another problem that causes high levels of hunger in Uganda is the lack of quality human resources. Ugandan smallholder farmers lack farming skills, handling techniques, and access to services such as credit and insurance. Storage facilities are often inadequate to protect harvested crops from pests, moisture, and mold, which results in losses of up to 30 percent.
In the northern and eastern regions, and particularly in Karamoja, rain scarcity can exacerbate food insecurity, forcing families to sell off their assets, take their children out of school or resort to environmentally harmful practices to secure food.
Inadequate diets are a root cause of persisting nutritional problems which undermine the health, growth, and development of Ugandan children. Stunting affects more than one quarter – 29 percent – of children under 5, with rates climbing up to 40 percent in the Tooro region. Anemia rates stand at 52.8 percent at the national level.
Qurbani Without Limits to Uganda. (ACTNews)
Aksi Cepat Tanggap and Global Qurban-ACT assessed that food aid is one of the solutions to reduce hunger that has shackled Uganda for a long time. Through Global Qurban - ACT, Uganda, which has a large Muslim population, will be one of many countries targeted for the distribution of Qurbani meat.
"We invite Generous Friends to be able to perform qurbani through Global Qurban. Together, we can eliminate the hunger of that our brothers and sisters there have been suffering from. The benefactors can directly choose the Qurbani animal. Insha Allah, our brothers, and sisters in Uganda will be very grateful," said Andy Noor Faradiba from ACT’s Global Humanity Response, Monday (6/28/2021).
Global Qurban ACT has carried out Qurbani programs in Uganda. In 2019, for example, hundreds of cows and goats were slaughtered. The meat was distributed to around 2,100,000 Ugandans in the districts of Nabilatuk, Moroto, Amudat, Mbale, and Sironko. The five districts were chosen because they are considered to have the most severe humanitarian problems compared to other areas in Uganda.