Uganda was ranked as having low commitment in ending hunger and malnutrition among its people taking the position of 25 out of 45 African countries, according to a report released by the Institute of Development Studies with the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), on the website of the Institute of Development Studies on 26th January, 2017. The Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index–Africa (HANCI-Africa) compares the performance of 45 countries on 22 indicators of political commitment to reducing hunger and under-nutrition.
The HANCI-Africa report noted the areas that needed improvement as well as areas where Uganda performed strongly, notable were:
Areas for improvement
- Spending on agriculture (4.5% of public spending in 2014), does not meet government commitments set out in the African Union’s Maputo Declaration (10% of public spending).
- Uganda’s spending in its health sector (11% of public spending in 2014) does not fully meet (15%) commitments set out in the Abuja Declaration.
- Policymakers in Uganda do not benefit from regular nutrition surveys that are statistically representative at national level. The last survey was published in 2011.
- Government of Uganda has ensured tenure security for rural populations. Land titling is common and land markets function well. Policy promotes equitable access to common property resources.
- The Government has fully enshrined the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes into domestic law.
- The Government of Uganda promotes complementary feeding practices.
- In Uganda 93.3% of women aged 15-49 were visited at least once during pregnancy by skilled health personnel in 2011.
- In Uganda, constitutional protection of the right to social security is strong.
South Africa ranked highest, Malawi followed closely in second place while Sudan, Guinea-Bissau and Comoros were at the bottom of the HANCI-Africa rankings.
Please follow the link for more on the HANCI – Africa rankings: http://africa.hancindex.org/
written by L. Birungi