Showing posts with label food security. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food security. Show all posts

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Uganda needs more Cereal banks to curb effects of acute food shortage

Women farmers in Kenya at their cereal bank (ips.org)
Most farmers in Uganda annually face this scenario. During the rainy periods, there is plenty of food: beans, maize, bananas, pineapples and most farmers are forced to sell it at low prices because of an abundant supply of fresh produce in the market with low demand.

During the lean periods, the opposite is true, scarce food supplies prompting a high demand from the market. The high market demand comes along with a big increase in prices for food items which often catches the local farmers without anything to sell or instead having to buy food at these high prices to feed their own families!