By Daudi Zirimala
The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has made a contribution of 2.3 million EUR to boost efforts of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the fight against the Desert Locusts in Uganda.
The contribution will go towards providing relief and cash assistance to about 4000 households and communities affected by the Desert Locusts, particularly in the most affected regions of Karamoja and Teso.
According to Antonio Querido, FAO Country Representative in Uganda, the generous donation from the people of Germany towards the Desert Locust response in Uganda will help families to cope with the negative impacts of the crisis and support them to re-engage in their livelihoods.
Households will also receive unconditional cash transfers for six months, crop and vegetable seed, animal feed as well as farming tools to assist in sustaining agricultural livelihoods.
By Deo Wasswa
Close to 4000 metric tonnes of beans and 6000 of maize flour have been checked by Uganda National Bureau of Standards to ensure that the food being distributed to communities by the office of prime Minister is safe for consumption.
72% of Maize flour and 73% of beans checked have complied with the standards while 28% of maize flour and 27% of beans have failed to meet the standard.
According to the UNBS executive director, Ben Manyindo while handing over 20 million donations from the staff of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to the COVID19 task force.
Among the other donations the body has made are free face mask standards, free sanitizer, free disinfectant as well as free technical guidance offered to local manufacturers to increase the production of quality and safe face masks and sanitizers in this period as the country fights COVID 19.
By Gloria Nakiyimba
The Embassy of Japan has handed a Girls’ Dormitory at St. Benedict Secondary School in Amuria district and Classroom Blocks in Kibale Secondary School in Pallisa district.
The Deputy Head of Mission of Japan to Uganda, Mizumoto Horii commissioned the two projects that were funded by a grant donation of over 568 million Uganda shillings from the government of Japan.
The grant was used to for construction of girls’ dormitory, classroom blocks including all furnishing and construction of sanitary facilities.
The female students at St. Benedict Secondary School in Amuria did not have a proper accommodation since they were sleeping in the old church building and a store. This was originally an agricultural institute which was later turned into a secondary school.
“The project was implemented to respond to the challenge of lack of sleeping space for the girls with the objective of improving the students learning and living environment” said Mr Mizumoto.
Kibale Secondary School was heavily congested with 604 students resulting in a 1:50 teacher student ration affecting the teachers’ efficiency. Here besides constructing fully furnished new classroom blocks, part of the grant was used to put up sanitary facilities which were not enough to serve the swelling students population.
According to Mr. Mizumoto Japan prioritizes education cooperation as one of the essential sectors for achieving human security.
He told e female students, “When you receive quality education, it will not only improve on the quality of your individual lives but also that of your families, communities, and entire nation.”
The support is part of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), a scheme administered by the Embassy of Japan