By Deo Wasswa
The slow pace of distributing food to the vulnerable and hungry Ugandans in the on going lock down has been attributed to government’s unpreparedness to address food insecurity across the country.
Agnes Kirabo the Executive Director Food Rights Alliance a civil society organization, says the Covid19 situation is an eye-opener that Uganda government has never had proper food mobilization and distribution structures.
Kirabo notes that government has in the past only focused on food distribution to refugees and never envisaged what happens to its own citizens in a wake of a crisis.
Kirabo, a food rights activist reechoed the unfortunate move of privatization of national food reserves,saying such a move threatens the country’s food security and the entire economy.
She also continues to urge government to learn to reserve food for its population in preparation for unforeseen circumstances like drought.
Kirabo’s comments come after several Ugandans both in rural and urban areas have vehemently expressed urgent demand for food to survive during the Covid19 lock down.