By the end of 2021, USAID Advancing Nutrition began fully implementing activities in Uganda. Known as hidden hunger, micronutrient deficiencies (lack of intake, absorption, or use of vitamins or minerals) are widespread among children and women of reproductive age in Uganda. Food fortification is one of the cost-effective high-impact strategies adopted by the government of Uganda to reduce micronutrient deficiencies and combat malnutrition.

USAID Advancing Nutrition began working in Uganda in June 2021 to support the government to strengthen compliance with food fortification standards, as well as enforcement and monitoring related to the country’s fortified food products—maize flour, wheat flour, and edible oil. Working collaboratively with key stakeholders from the government, including the multi-sectoral National Food Fortification Working Group; civil society; and non-governmental implementing partners, we aim to—

  • increase the capacity of the public sector to enforce food fortification standards and regulations
  • increase the capacity of the private sector to comply with food fortification standards
  • strengthen partnerships and stakeholder coordination in food fortification to ensure sustainability and promote multi-sectoral collaboration
  • promote increased consumption of fortified food by advocating and raising awareness among policy makers and processors, as well as consumers.

Activities

Ann Mueni, 20 with her daughter receiving the nutrition supplements from Nutritionist Alice Wanjiru during a clinic visit at Reuben Health Center

Documenting COVID-19 Adaptations in USAID Nutrition Programs

Tracking adaptations of USAID-funded nutrition activities in response to COVID-19.

Three mothers holding their small children, while they are smiling outside

Establishing a Women’s Diets Learning Agenda

The project aims to generate global learning, evidence, and innovative practices on how to improve women’s diets.

mother and baby

Country Profiles Aim to Advance Nurturing Care for Improved Early Childhood Development

Country profiles visualize country-level data, policies, and programs to three years to help improve both nutrition and ECD outcomes.

A woman in a bright yellow t-shirt is at the front door of a woman in a white button up shirt, holding her infant child swaddled in a white blanket. The women are shaking hands.

Working Collaboratively to Improve Maternal Nutrition around the World

Strengthening maternal nutrition programming to support healthy moms and babies.

USAID Advancing Nutrition supported the Ugandan government to train local experts on food fortification standards.
The Ministry of Health, on behalf of the Government of Uganda, introduced USAID Advancing Nutrition to diverse stakeholders at a food fortification meeting in Kampala.
2021 was a “Year of Action” for nutrition. For USAID Advancing Nutrition, that meant expanding our work to support local ownership of multi-sectoral nutrition programs in 11 countries.