Food Security and Nutrition
Food insecurity and poor nutrition is grievous problem facing households caring for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) under CCUg education sponsorship. According to a needs assessment study conducted among 102 caregivers in Jinja and Mayuge district in 2017, slightly over half of them (56.9%) reported eating 1 meal in the 24 hours preceding the survey. Overall, 92 households (90.2%) ate 2 meals or no meal at all the day prior to the survey because they did not have enough food (90.2%). Forty-eight percent of respondents also mentioned that they usually eat 1 meal in their household, and 31.4% reported that some days, they don’t have a meal at all.
Roughly half of all respondents’ identified home-grown produce as their primary source of food. However, nearly sixty-five did not have access to farmland, suggesting that the food insecurity they were facing could have been related to inadequate land for growing food, poor weather conditions or pests, among others.
Furthermore, thirty parents/caregivers reported that their households did not eat any food in a 24-hour period in the 7 days before the survey due to financial reasons. Seventy-eight respondents borrowed money to buy food and 63 respondents bought food on credit in the 7 days preceding the assessment. 53 parents/caregivers reported sending a family member elsewhere to eat in the 7 days prior to the assessment and 26 respondents stated that they let a female household member eat last or not at all in the 7 days before the survey.
Food Security does not only affect the health and survival of OVC households, it leads to poor academic performance and eventual school drop out, reduced productivity among adult caregivers and reverses any interventions aimed at reducing poverty.
CCUg is currently fundraising for a Food Security and Nutrition Project from Global Giving
CCUg’s strategy is to provide a long-term access to nutritional food among OVC and their caregivers through increasing access to farming land, knowledge, skills and credit to prevent malnutrition, school dropouts, risk to starvation and death.