Towards Food Security and Livelihoods of Low-income Women in central Uganda: Policy Implications based on action research

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    Uganda is burdened with rising poverty, malnutrition and food insecurity. While most Ugandans depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, it is important to recognize that access to and control over resources by women and climate factors are central to the question of food security in Uganda. However, a review of the literature demonstrates that policy options have poorly understood these interlinkages or tended to undermine them, especially the extent that these policies and programs put the necessary attention on the role of women farmers in food security. This paper presents part of a work in progress of a research project that seeks to investigate the interrelated effects of agricultural practices, access to and control over resources, as well as climate change on women’s food security in the urban and peri-urban areas of central Uganda. The paper not only considers how to turn these constraints into opportunities for women by reflecting on how they can mitigate risks, adapt to climatic challenges and find alternative coping strategies, but suggests that policy options to enhance food security need to respond to the integrated framework of the issues. Additionally, this paper posits that the agricultural and livelihood choices women make are subject to the constraints they face and the policy alternatives available to them. As such it highlights certain policy considerations affecting food insecurity for low-income women in urban and peri-urban Kampala and makes certain key recommendations. These include:
    a. Re-establishment of the traditional notion of a “Household Stability” in Uganda;
    b. A stronger empowerment of women, decreasing burdens on women’s time as well as improving women’s access to and control over resources;
    c. Revaluation of the role of “Land” for food security in Uganda;
    d. Strengthening of the Institutional framework and support systems for food security in Uganda.
    Antal sider15
    StatusUdgivet - 2015