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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.

 

Hunger

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).

 

Nutrition

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?

Here are some examples of the types of hunger and nutrition projects we do:

Farmer training

Training in improved, sustainable farming methods and management of their natural resources.

Farmer groups

  • We train farmers in improved, sustainable farming methods and management of their natural resources
  • We train Community Agricultural Trainers (CATs) and establish farmer schools and groups
  • We establish school gardens for food production to provide pupils with lunch meals
  • We deliver initiatives to improve the public’s nutritional knowledge and intake
  • 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 these latest stories to find out more.

 

Why do we do it?

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 are also dedicated to helping 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.

 

Where we work

Signpost is currently working within disadvantaged communities, working in partnership to bring about community-driven change.

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  • 17th April 2018

    Jacob’s Success

    “We could suddenly see the potential and if we worked together, we knew it was possible,” reflects Jacob. Jacob is one of the Community Agricultural Trainers (CATs) in Amuria in Uganda, working within his farmer group to help households improve their food security by using better farming methods. Signpost started…

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  • 6th April 2018

    Blue Water Tea Party Success!

    I’ll set the scene for you, nearly two hundred guests arrived in their blue outfits, ready to enjoy their afternoon in the ballroom of the Invercarse Hotel. Caitlin Finnan, blessed our ears with her beautiful cello playing as guests sipped their prosecco and explored the very large display of raffle…

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  • 18th March 2018

    Justine’s Garden – Potential Realised

    “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,…

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