By Richard Oyel

“They are growing vegetables in their backyard with very limited resources. I have not seen this anywhere before.” 

A delegation led by the United Nations Resident Coordinator Uganda H.E Susan Ngongi Namondo concluded a two-day mission to Karamoja, visiting AFI’s project site in Nachele model village, Moroto. H.E Namondo lead a delegation from UNWOMEN, UNDP, WFP, and UNFPA who visited the supplementary feeding outpost, and the vegetable gardens. The team also settled to watch how METU 1 (a nutritious porridge made from locally available food items) is prepared.

“It is so amazing what the women are doing in Nachele. They are growing vegetables in their backyard with very limited resources. I have not seen this anywhere before. AFI and WFP should consider more trainings across Karamoja. This way we can end malnutrition in the region.”, Namondo.

H.E Susan Ngongi Namondo takes a look at the vegetable tower garden constructed by a mother in Nachele Village

The visit by the UN delegation to Karamoja comes in time to discuss ways in which the UN and its partners can improve programme implementations in a range of areas in 2022. While at the AFI project site, H.E Namondo congratulated AFI patnering with the Ministry of Health to intergrate supplementary feeding programme with routine health services.  

Enrolled Nurses conducting routine tests and medications at the AFI community Based Supplementary Feeding Site during the visit by the UN delegation

During the visit the UN Resident Coordinator also took keen interest in METU – 1; porridge made from locally available materials and used to treat children suffering from malnutrition

 In his remarks, AFI Regional Coordinator, Timothy Chewere said AFI is making efforts towards strengthening project implementations by prioritizing sustainable innovations like vegetable gardening, METU – 1 innovation and other livelihood options 

AFI Regional Coordinator, Timothy Chewere addressing UN delegates at Nachele SFP Outpost

Karamoja region located in North Eastern Uganda remains the least socially and economically developed, with 61 percent of it’s population living in absolute poverty. Over 20,000 children suffer from malnutrition. The region experiences long drought, cattle raids and extreme food insecurity. AFI in partnership with UNWFP support the region with nutritious foods with a goal of eradicating malnutrition. 

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