Government to Set Feeding Guidelines for Ugandans

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Stephen Biribonwa, a senior agricultural officer in charge of Nutrition and Home economics says such guidelines will improve feeding, promote food safety and physical activity, a healthy environment and a local food economy. they will also help Ugandans to identify the table food compositions for their families.

The Agriculture Ministry is setting up Food Based Dietary Guidelines that will be used to improve the nutritious feeding for all Ugandans.

Stephen Biribonwa, a senior agricultural officer in charge of Nutrition and Home economics says such guidelines will improve feeding, promote food safety and physical activity, a healthy environment and a local food economy. they will also help Ugandans to identify the table food compositions for their families. 

According to the World Health Organisation-WHO, an unhealthy diet combined with physical inactivity increases the risk for non-communicable diseases (NCD) enormously.

WHO calls for a clear need for political commitment to nutrition policies which will help prevent NCD's through provision of enough healthy, affordable food, especially fresh fruit and vegetables.

Biribonwa is optimistic that once formulated, the guidelines will be used to address the nutrient needs of Uganda’s population and contribute in reducing g the risk of cardiovascular diseases and help to tackle cases of stunted growth in children.

He says that 33% of the children under the age of 5 in Uganda are under stunted growth with their height below the age.

According to Biribonwa, most of the families have been mixing indigenous foods with imported foods without any guidelines.

He adds that due to poor feeding, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in most parts of the country have suffered from anemia.