Many families in Uganda are desperately poor and live under the permanent threat of hunger, with around 29% of children believed to be malnourished.
Part of the problem is inadequate harvest preparation and storage facilities, with these problems causing the loss of up to 30% of crops. Income from the crops’ sale is therefore reduced and whole families are at risk of both insufficient nutrition and its associated consequences such as maternal and infant mortality, failure to thrive, and impaired physical and mental development.
Grains for Growth, in partnership with the World Food Programme, has provided 35 households with a solution: air-tight silos in which families can safely store crops throughout the year. Each container stores more than 1000 meals in a safe, secure, insect and rodent free environment, meaning that food spoilage, including fungal contamination, is reduced to a minimum. Households are therefore not only able to access the food themselves should the need arrive, but can also choose when to sell their crops in order to take best advantage of market prices.
Each silo is expected to last for around 20 years, enabling families to plan ahead, and taking them one step closer to escaping the poverty trap.
The families who received the silos also benefited from World Food Programme approved training in how to handle and dry crops properly, and how to use the silos. We also continue to provide on-going support through our existing network of Community Mentors.
Such a simple solution, but one which is utterly life-changing.
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