Global Challenges Visiting Expert Seminar Series - Ugandan Food Insecurity

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Global Challenges Visiting Expert Seminar Series - Ugandan Food Insecurity

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With increasing levels of Food Insecurity in Uganda, one of the ways to mitigate the situation is by developing circular bio-economic approaches and creating more sustainable food systems. These aspirations are expected to assure the provision of nutritious and healthy food that meets the needs of vulnerable populations in terms of quantity, quality, affordability, safety and cultural acceptability.

Over the years, Mountains of the Moon University has contributed to SDGs (2 & 12) that target improved food and nutrition security, and ultimately impacting the health of citizens. Based on action research and targeted development activities, MMU works with 57 farming communities as well as 12 value chain actors in the Rwenzori Region to improve the food situation. Current national statistics indicate that Rwenzori Region has high rates of malnutrition, measured by stunting in children (i.e. 40% of children are stunted). This situation points to the chronic deprivation of necessary foods to vulnerable groups of people in the region, which further justifies the timeliness and relevance of the food loss interventions MMU execute.

The University targets enhanced food and nutrition security by empowering family farmers in Rwenzori Region to be able to reduce avoidable food losses and improve production efficiency. There are two anchors for the intervention (a) Increasing awareness about causes, impact and measurement of food losses among family farmers in their systems of production and (b) systematic identification and promotion of appropriate and pro-poor technologies of food storage.

Professor Edmond Kagambe is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Mountains of the Moon University in Uganda. He holds a PhD in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from Moi University, Kenya. Seasoned Professor of Education Administration with over 15 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Education Administration, Planning, Policy Studies and Community oriented action research. Extensive knowledge of Community participatory research, Higher Education Administration and Management. He has over 29 years of experience in community engagement for action research, Educational Administration, Planning and Policy Studies. He worked as lecturer in Nairobi University and Moi University, Kenya in the Faculties of Education. Before moving to Higher Education sub-sector Edmond was a Principal in more than four High Schools in Uganda. He is holding a Common Wealth Professional Scholarship Award, 2015. Australian Professional fellowship awards 2016. He is a member of Uganda Vice Chancellor Forum, Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA). He is National Assessor of Quality Education in National Council for Higher Education in Uganda. A member of Forum for Education NGO’s in Uganda (FENU), Rwenzori Regional Think Tank and Tooro Education Foundation, in Uganda. He is a member of African Education Trust assisting in rebuilding curriculum, exams and school systems. He is a Board member of a number of reputable organisations in Uganda both private and public. Currently, the Programme Coordinator of Mountains of the Moon University Institutional University Cooperation Partner Programme under the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) – University Cooperation for Development (UOS), Belgium. He actively participates in continued learning through conferences and professional research. Believes in students’ abilities to learn and inherent thirst for knowledge with the right environment. He actively work to connect students to their material to transform lives.

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Brunel University London

Lecture Centre, Room 005

Kingston Lane

Uxbridge

UB8 3PH

United Kingdom

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