The number of people leaving rural areas for city suburbs is increasing by the day. Most believe that the "pastures are greener" on the other side, with chances of accessing better healthcare, education, and job opportunities. This has resulted in an influx of the city suburbs and an imbalance in demand for food vis-a-vis its… Continue reading Investments in rural farms will ensure future cities are fed
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We need to strengthen research for efficiently produced healthy food, while ensuring the availability of food at affordable prices. Finding out things like how much and how long it costs to produce a given crop, the available market say in a given region go a long way in ensuring that there's efficiency in production. With… Continue reading Relevant research is important for prosperity of the agricultural sector.
Inadequate agricultural mechanization is one of the biggest hindrances to transforming Uganda's agriculture from subsistence to commercial agriculture. The director of National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), Dr. Godfrey Asea, recently said that 99.4% of small scale farmers in Uganda use rudimentary and obsolete technologies in agriculture, having tools like hand hoes, hand held axes,… Continue reading Mechanization: A kick-start to agricultural prosperity.
Close to 70% of Uganda's homesteads, that is, approximately 7 out of every 10 homesteads are not in the money economy. Many families still belong to the pre-capitalist mode of production where people do not produce for money but just for eating and social obligations. Therefore, despite the fact that majority of the people are… Continue reading Low commercial agricultural levels are predominant in Uganda.
Agriculture has been the back bone of Uganda's economy for ages. Recent statistics show that over 80% of Uganda's population is employed at some stage in the agricultural sector. However, the benefits and direct contribution to the economy are yet to be fully derived and enjoyed by the populous involved in this trade. While doing… Continue reading Hindrances to the prosperity of the agricultural sector in Uganda.
Cereals have for years, if not centuries been used as feeds for animals, fish and chicken. With the current shortage in production being a result of the prevalent drought especially in the tropical regions, it is imminent that a suitable alternative be found as soon as now. There should be a significant reduction in the… Continue reading An alternative to cereals as animal and fish feeds is imminent.
Inorder to decrease the risk of highly volatile prices, price regulation on commodities and larger cereal stocks should be created to buffer the tight markets of food commodities and subsequent risks of speculation in markets. This includes reorganizing the food market infrastructure and institutions to regulate food prices and provide food safety nets aimed at… Continue reading A short term move to enhance food security.
We ought to support farmers in developing diversified and resilient eco-agriculture systems that provide critical ecosystem services (water supply and regulation, habitat for wild plants and animals genetic diversity, pollination, pest control, climate regulation), as well as adequate food to meet local and consumer needs. This also includes managing extreme rainfall and using inter-cropping to… Continue reading Being innovative and adapting to the changing times.
Food waste contributes greatly to world hunger. One solution includes placing a greater emphasis on post-harvest food preservation methods such as solar refridgeration, intelligent packaging and creating a world food preservation center. Charles. L. Wilson, Ph.D