Kasese families still failing to afford two meals a day

By Ronald Kule

Most families in Kasese district are still struggling with food and nutritional challenges that have led to increased cases of stunted growth among children and adults according to nutritional experts at the district.

Prossy Nakayima a nutritional expert from SNV Netherlands a nongovernmental organization implementing the “Sustainable Nutrition for All” project in Kasese district, said their finding indicate that most families in Kasese are still feeding on carbohydrate foods more than vegetables.

Nakayima who made the observation on Tuesday during a media training workshop on the Uganda Multi-Sectral Food Security and Nutrition Project at Kasese E-Society center, said families need to adopt feeding on nutritious foods in order to have healthy and bright thinking children.

The Kasese District Principal Agricultural Officer Julius Rukara also observed that most people still consider feeding on vegetables as being poor yet such foods are nutritious and needed for the health growth of the human body.

He noted that eating meat, chips, chicken and carbohydrate foods can only make a person fat but not recommended for a healthy body and brain building.

Presenting the nutrition situation for Kasese district, Julius Mutoro a health inspector working in the district health office revealed that most families in Kasese hardly afford two meals per day thus leading to malnourishment among children and adults.

The Uganda multi-sectral food security and nutrition project is a World Bank funded project together with government of Uganda and it is implemented by three ministries of education, health and agriculture.

In Kasese, the project is implemented in 100 primary schools.END

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