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Preserving indigenous

crops in Uganda

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Food is life

Many healthy indigenous crops in Uganda have been abandoned in favor of cash crops like sugar cane and rice, with consequent detrimental effects on people’s diets. Instead, we should be protecting local food biodiversity and promoting the consumption of traditional foods. Our short film, Food is Life, shows how crucial it is for public policy to include the voices of people working in and using local food systems if we are to ensure sustainable diets for all.

Sustainable Diets in Uganda
Photo: Mark van Luyk / BrandOutLoud

The food voices in Uganda we must listen to

“Food gives us valuable lessons, but so many eat it without knowing its use.” – Sulait (farmer, pictured above)

“People have started abandoning what they used to keep in the old lifestyle, and by doing so, these crops are disappearing to a level of extinction.” – Mathias (Chairperson of Buikwe district)

“I am encouraging all Ugandans to eat traditional foods because it’s good for life.” – Milly (restaurant owner)

Preserving indigenous crops in Uganda
Milly, photo: Mark van Luyk / BrandOutLoud

Hivos and Sustainable Diets for All

Sustainable Diets for All is an advocacy program that uses evidence, including evidence generated by citizens, to help low-income communities in Bolivia, Indonesia, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia to get better access to sustainable, diverse and nutritious food. The five-year (2016–2020) program is coordinated by Hivos, the International Institute for the Environment and Development (IIED), and partners in the five focal countries. We work with citizens and partner organizations to influence policies, market practices, government actors and international institutions to promote diets which are diverse, healthy, fair and green.

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