Uganda is endowed with rich and fertile soils capable of producing micro-nutrient-rich crops. However, limitations in irrigation technology have hampered many smallholder farming from achieving this dream, thereby leading to low-nutrient produce.
So, in order to promote year-round production of micro-nutrient-rich crops, the Uganda Multisectoral Food Security and Nutrition Project (UMFSNP) has rolled out a drip irrigation technology to 23 districts. The districts include Iganga, Bugweri, Bugiri, Namutumba, Kabale, Rukiga, Ntungamo and Isingiro. Others are Bushenyi, Kasese, Kabarole, Bunyangabu, Fortpotal City, Kyenjojo, Kiryandongo, Nebbi, Pakwach, Arua, Madi-Okollo, Arua City, Terego, Maracha and Yumbe.
The crops targeted are iron-rich beans, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, vegetables and fruits.
The initiative is aimed to increase production and consumption of micronutrient-rich foods and utilization of community-based nutrition services in smallholder households in project areas.
The project focus is 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.