By Kabuye Ronald
Journalists in Uganda have urged government to establish a deliberate communication on food system if it’s to realize a well-nourished population.
The suggestion was raised from the Civil Society Alliance for Nutrition Uganda (CISANU) zoom media dialogue with the objective of generating ideas on good nutrition outcomes.
CISANU executive director Richard Baguma Tinkasimire said that media is an important stakeholder in the nutrition agenda in Uganda thus giving them an opportunity to propose priority issues for building a resilient and sustainable food system within the context of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 will holistically improve nutrition, leading to the realization of the SDGs and development in Uganda as well as the world.
Julius Mucunguzi, the head of communication in the office of the prime minister urged those in the food system competent to make their communication simple and easily understood by the public since people can only be resilient when they are knowledgeable on the subject.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), food system encompass the entire range of actors and their interlinked value-adding activities involved in the production, aggregation, processing, distribution, consumption and disposal of food products that originate from agriculture, forestry or fisheries, and parts of the broader economic, societal and natural environments in which they are embedded. It is composed of sub-systems like; farming system, waste management system, input supply system and interacts with other key systems such as; energy system, trade system, health system.
Therefore, food system not only includes the basic elements of how we get our food from farm to fork, but also all of the processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population. Which is crucial for the attainment of important milestones in ensuring realization of a well-nourished population.
CISANU is now collecting Views various stakeholders which will form a collated, synthesized and advocate for their inclusion in government’s presentation for the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit which will happen in September, 2021.
“Ultimately, an issue paper will be developed for engagement with Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Program (WFP), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), National Planning Authority (NPA) and shared with East & Southern Africa Nutrition Civil Society Networks (ESA CSN), Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, SUN Civil Society Network (SUN CSN), relevant organizations of the UN Food Systems” said Baguma
The vision of the summit is to launch bold new actions, solutions and strategies to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies to some degree on healthier, more sustainable and equitable food system. The Summit also aims at awakening the world to the fact that everyone must work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes and thinks about food.