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Uganda’s Food Self-Sufficiency Ratio At 95%-UBOS Report

Segawa from MAAIF launching the FBS report

A report by Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) on the Uganda’s Food Balance Sheet (FBS) compiled from 2013 to 2018 has indicated that Uganda’s food self-sufficiency ratio is at 95%, making it possible for the country to sustain itself on the available and accessible food supplies without the importing food.

FBS is a national accounting/statistical framework showing a comprehensive picture of the measure of food supply and related uses in the country’s population during a specified reference period.

 It shows the quantities and types of food available for human consumption as well as potential sources of both supply and utilization of a given food product.

During the dissemination of the Uganda Food balance sheet findings at UBOS offices in Kampala on Tuesday, Ronald Segawa, The Under Secretary at Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), who represented the Ministry’s PS, called upon all Ugandans to increase participation in food production coupled with involvement in income generating activities to ensure Uganda sustains the rates of the Food Balance Sheet.

He said that report assures all Ugandans that there is enough food security in the country.

“We need to assure Ugandans that there is enough food according to statistics from UBOS’ professional report. We are able to know the quantities and where food is grown. There is need to contribute to the betterment of the process. The food balance sheet should used by all agencies of government,” he said.

According to UBOS, the FBS is also used to estimate the Dietary Energy Supply (DES), measured by the number of kilo-calories per person per day, as well as protein and fats dietary contents. The DES is an essential indicator to analyse the food security situation in a country.

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