Wednesday, 28 May 2014


The convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW) recalls that the discrimination against women, including discrimination in access to food, violates the principles of equality of rights and respect for human dignity. In order to realize respect, promotion and protection of gender equality for sustainable household food security men and women need to be empowered through awareness raising and capacity building sessions to promote, respect and protect gender equalities among households of people living with HIV&AIDS (PLHAs). In line with the above, Community Enterprises Development Organization (CEDO) with financial and technical support from Independent Development Fund (IDF) conducted capacity building sessions with the community to empower and also encourage participation of all household members in agricultural activities in fulfillment of roles and responsibilities during promotion of human rights. This human rights based approach focused on improving household food production, incomes, food security and nutrition of farmers and vulnerable groups in Rakai, Lyantonde, Sembabule, Lwengo and Masaka districts. 
CEDO also established advocacy clubs comprised of PLHAs to continue sensitizing rights holders and lobbying duty bearers to promote food security among the households of PLHAs. In response to this action, the advocacy clubs in Kabira and Kasaali sub counties were included on the sub county food security program under National Agricultural and Advisory Services (NAADS). The same groups were given planting materials; beans, banana suckers, sweet potato vines and maize. Related to this, the Lwengo District LCV Chairperson, Hon. Geoffrey Mutabazi after a dialogue meeting with the advocacy clubs directed the NAADs officials to give each household of PLHAs 50 plants of cassava and all parishes to pass and also implement a by-law on household food security, and this was done. 
Additionally the project was able to win the support of Lwengo District leadership and Uganda Cares to increase on the number of ART/VCT out reaches conducted in the CEDO target communities, as a measure to save PLHAs from travelling long distances. Three Health Centre IIs (Nanywa, Katovu, Suubi) were upgraded from II to Health Centre IIIs. And today three outreaches instead of two are being conducted in the target areas. The logic behind this action is that the time and transport saved is reinvested in agriculture production activities- food crop growing.
From all these interventions, the attitude of men, women, the wider community and other relevant duty bearers has changed for sustainable household food security. Putting up bye - laws to encourage people to grow different types of food crops, and, the availability of food crops has reduced the number of domestic violence cases.  One can say a spirit of togetherness has been built among development actors in advocating for the fulfillment and protection of human rights with particular focus on food; this is evidenced in the formation of a food rights alliance committee set up for the realization of the right to food at household level.