HIV/AIDS and the agriculture sector in Uganda

Networking for action

It is now widely accepted that AIDS in not just a health issue. Its impacts are felt across all sectors of Ugandan society. In recognition of this, the Uganda AIDS Commission was constituted by Parliament in1992 “to put in place a multisectoral approach to the epidemic and called on all sectors to act. However the capacity to respond to this call lags behind. In many sectors, policy making still proceeds with little regard to HIV/AIDS. Despite growing efforts and a favourable policy environment, organizations involved in agricultural research and development in Uganda generally have limited understanding of how AIDS affects agricultural systems, and even less of how agricultural development may contribute to the spread of HIV. Weakest of all is often their appreciation of what they can do, feasibly, to contribute to more effective HIV-prevention and mitigation of AIDS impacts.

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International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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