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Title:The Environment and Food Security in Uganda
Author:Mwaka, Victoria M.
Periodical:Eastern and Southern Africa Geographical Journal
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
Subjects:food policy
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Environment, Ecology
food security
food production
environmental management
Abstract:This article examines the problem of food security and environmental deterioration in Uganda. It argues that Uganda's food security problem is not a problem of lack of natural resources, but a problem of land mismanagement and methods of land use. Land mismanagement such as deforestation, swamp reclamation, and extensive farming methods have had adverse effects on the agricultural environment. Efforts should be made to devise and implement farming practices that will increase land productivity and agricultural output without necessarily damaging the environment. What is needed is a comprehensive land use policy, an ecosystematic approach to agricultural development, the optimal utilization of rangelands and aquatic resources, and a comprehensive food security policy. Bibliogr., sum.