Thank you for your submission on "Hunger and Poverty".
You are right to talk about the pertinent issue of malnutrition among plenty of food! Yes, i remember filing and running a story on malnutrition in the Bushenyi district of Uganda! Bushenyi is known for having a lot of food Banana and even other types of food. But what i discovered when i pitched the story even afterwards is; being a busy district, parents were or are concentrating on ferrying huge trucks of banana and other farm products to Kampala, Jinja, Luwero, Masaka , Iganga, Gulu, Kitgum, Arua urban centres. They are always on the farm throughout cutting banana to sell to middlemen or businessmen and they (parents) have no time to prepare a good balanced meal especially for the children. They just boil the food banana (matooke) and add a little salt, and give to their children! Also, they said most of the farm produce is for sell. For example; beans, vegetables. The experts said the parents or family members do not know how to prepare a balanced diet. So of recent, the district in collaboration with scientists of Mbarara Zonal Agricultural Research Institute are promoting the growing of Chick peas. They said this type of peas has food components to repair children, mothers and even other people. But such a practice differs from region to region! So i support you on luck of awareness. Poverty comes in when other parts of the country like Busoga having big families to the extent that they end up selling all the farm produce or food crops to neighbouring Kenya or to urban centres to get income to pay for the basic necessities like; tuition for children, soap, salt, paraffin, match box etc. They run short of food home, so hunger sets in and eventually poverty. So it is a vicious cycle.