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Efforts Against Poverty & Hunger

CODI works to support households that are trapped in the poverty cycle, have no food security and are
vulnerable to multiple constraints in their livelihoods. Most of such households have small pieces of
land with depleted soils that need conservation with skills that are currently lacking. Because of poverty
parents in these households have little or no capacity to adequately provide for their children in terms
of food, education, health care, clothing, beddings etc. Children and women are malnourished and live
in poor conditions. Majority of children of these households drop out of school at primary level as
parents cannot support them beyond primary education. Majority of children grow up illiterate or semi-
literate with no basic skills for their survival at adult age. Girls evacuate villages and go to nearby or far
urban centres looking for jobs but find life more difficult. Some of them get petty employment in towns
to serve in bars/restaurants or work in homes as baby sitters or housekeeping. Majority fail to get
employment and resort to practice prostitution as a coping mechanism which renders them to
contracting diseases like HIV/AIDS or unwanted pregnancies. The boys meander around villages and
nearby towns playing cards, drinking alcohol and getting addicted to dangerous drugs. Drug addicts
engage in criminal acts such as robbery, raping women and other dangerous acts to human life. Lack of
food security exacerbate pregnant women to excessive malnutrition which exposes them to the risks of
poor pregnancy outcomes such as obstructed labour, premature or low-birth-weight babies and
postpartum hemorrhage or maternal death.

The relevant changes that CODI seeks to achieve through improved agricultural practices by poor
households include reduction of excessive poverty biting the targeted communities, reduction of
malnutrition and associated diseases and other health difficulties and reduction of child delinquencies in
the community caused by household poverty and absence of food security. In all aspects, food is key to
human development and the organization feels optimistic that when poor families attain food security,
they can begin to work beyond subsistence levels. Farmers can achieve reduction of malnutrition and its
related diseases or problems associated with inadequate food supply when they acquire and maintain
food security. Children’s stunting, losing weight or slowing in growth and becoming delinquents
emanate from poor parenting compounded with poor nutrition or lack of food. Therefore, contextually
CODI feels the theory of change in the community needs to involve the subsistence farmers in improved
and increased production of food to address malnutrition with its associated diseases and challenges.

Agriculture remains main stay of Uganda’s economy providing 68% of total employment and the bulk of
raw materials for the largely agriculturally based industrial sector (UBOS 2003). Although in recent times
the country is experiencing rapid urbanization, even then most of Uganda’s population (85%) still live in
rural areas solely deriving livelihoods from agriculture. The employment and incomes generated from
their agricultural activities are critically low. For the Agricultural sector to be able to bring about the
economic impetus needed to eradicate poverty, ensure food security and protect the environment,
more efforts are needed to be able to significantly transform the current dominant subsistence-oriented
farming systems towards more market-oriented production.