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UMFSNP, agricultural project offers motorcycles to field officers to improve mobility

Ms Beatrice Byarugaba, the Director for Agricultural Extension Services and Mr. Julius Twinamasiko handing over a motor cycle to one of the field officers. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

KAMPALA- Towards improved nutrition through a multi-sectoral approach, Field officers supporting the implementation of the Uganda Multi-Sectoral Food Security and Nutrition Project(UMFSNP) on Friday, July 26 received the final batch of motorcycles to improve mobility in the field of nutrition project.

The motorcycles were handed over by Ms Beatrice Byarugaba, the Director for Agricultural Extension Services on behalf of the Permanent Secretary and Mr. Julius Twinamasiko, the Project Coordinator.

These motorcycles were procured for the districts under UMFSNP.

The primary beneficiaries of the project are Pregnant and lactating women, children under two (2) years in all participating districts delivering enhanced community-based nutrition services and all household members of Lead Farmers (LFs) and Parents Groups (PGs).

Some of the officers that support the implementation of the Uganda Multi-Sectoral Food Security and Nutrition Project. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

In total, the project directly benefits about 1.14 million primary beneficiaries, expected to be mainly from smallholder farming families.

The project, which is the first of its kind in Africa, is implemented through the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and Local Government.

Its aim is to ‘increase production and consumption of micro-nutrient-rich foods and utilization of community-based nutrition services in smallholder households in project areas.

The project also focuses on promoting short-term changes in high-impact nutrition behaviours and practices that are known to contribute to stunting reduction in the medium- and long-term.

It complements other agricultural efforts which are designed to raise agricultural productivity and income, but will not address the gap in production and consumption of micro-nutrient-rich foods, thereby reducing stunting.

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