More reasons for food insecurity
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Kiriaghe, Bwambale Philip. 1998. More reasons for food insecurity. Spore 73. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Bwambale Philip Kiriaghe, an extension officer from Uganda wrote to CTA in response to an article, A global view of food security published in Agriculture & rural development vol. 4 no 2 (CTA copublishes this twice-yearly journal with GTZ and DSE)....
Bwambale Philip Kiriaghe, an extension officer from Uganda wrote to CTA in response to an article, A global view of food security published in Agriculture & rural development vol. 4 no 2 (CTA copublishes this twice-yearly journal with GTZ and DSE). He offers two main reasons why food security is difficult to achieve. The first reason given is 'withdrawal of young people from participating in food production activities'. He cites the years spent at school and university and taking up of white collar jobs by graduates, thereby denying agricultural production essential labour, as some of the reasons for the lack of young people participating in food production. He recommends that policy-makers should get involved in planning school curricula with a view to shortening the years spent at school. He further suggests that appropriate technologies be developed to help increase the quantity of food produced by the decreasing number of people left in agricultural production. The second reason given for food insecurity is 'inequitable land distribution'. Mr Kiriaghe cites the cases of Uganda and Zimbabwe. He notes that in Uganda farm sizes in areas with good rainfall are so small that it is not profitable to mechanize food production. In Zimbabwe, he observes, most of the fertile soils have belonged to a few individuals. To alleviate these problems he suggests changes that would allow more people to participate in farming activities. Coupled with training and other farming techniques such as organic farming, water harvesting and irrigation development, the chances of attaining food security could be increased.
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