We believe no man, woman or child, should suffer hunger and so we aim to eradicate it from the communities that we work in.
We aim to not only eradicate hunger, but to also improve nutritional intake to create healthier communities. Our training programmes and our farmer schools aim to enable farmers to become more productive food producers and reduce their post-harvest loss and waste. The school gardens firstly provide daily meals for the children but are also a vehicle for teaching them sustainable farming practice as they learn to grow their own produce. These food and nutrition initiatives all work towards increased household and community resilience to economic and environmental shocks such as severe droughts in Northern Uganda.
Did you know...
- Only 1 in every 3 children in Uganda have food to eat during the school day
- Nearly half of all Ugandans consume less calories than their minimum required intake per day
- Food insecurity has risen to 46% in some regions in Uganda
- Food Security – This situation exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life (The World Food Programme).
Did you know...
- An inadequate diet causes serious health, growth and development problems for children. In Uganda, stunting affects 27% of children under 5
- On average, 4 in every 10 Ugandans are unable to meet their required dietary intake – significantly affecting productivity and health
What do we do?
We train farmers in improved, sustainable farming methods and management of their natural resources
We establish school gardens for food production to provide pupils with lunch meals
We improve farmer’s access to key agricultural inputs such as drought-resistant seeds
Education is an important aspect of our work for food security. Some of the other projects that we do involve training Community Agricultural Trainers (CATs) and establishing farmer schools, groups and cooperatives. We also deliver initiatives to improve the public’s nutritional knowledge and intake.
Read some of our latest stories below to find out more.
Where we work
Signpost is currently working within disadvantaged communities, working in partnership to bring about community-driven change.Learn more
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18th March 2018
“Yii, I didn’t know much about farming back then!” laughs Justine shaking her head in disbelief. The Uganda mother of seven is describing the time before Signpost and Ugandan partner VAD (Voluntary Action for Development) began working in her community of Muguluka. “We used to grow tomatoes, egg plants, bananas,…Read more