Farmers’ participation in food supply and food security among the house holds of Mbarara and Isingiro districts, western Uganda

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2014-10
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Kampala International University, school of Economics and Management
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The study investigated the relationship between farmers’ participation in food aid supply and food security among the households of Mbarara and Isingiro Districts, Western Uganda. The study was guided by three objectives namely, to determine; 1) the extent to which farmers in Mbarara participate in food aid supply; 2) the extent of food security among the households; and 3) whether participation in food supply affects food security among farmers in Mbarara and Isingiro districts. A descriptive correlational and cross sectional survey design was used to collect data from 120 farmers, using a self-administered questionnaire and interview guide. Analysis was done using frequency counts, means and Pearson’s Linear Correlation Coefficient. The findings indicated a generally high extent of farmers’ participate in food aid supply (overall mean2.91) and a generally satisfactory extent of food security (overall mean=2.90), There was a positive and significant correlation between farmers’ participation in food aid supply and the extent of food security (r=0.473, Sig.0.000). The study concurred with the Oxfam food security theory by Dilley (1992) stating that Food security is a dynamic idea that has undergone significant transformations in its conceptual lifetime and the most significant being the shift from an initial view of food security as a product of reliable supplies to the growing contemporary emphasis on food and as a single input in diffuse of local lively-hood strategies. The researcher recommends that; farmers in Mbarara and Isingiro districts should improve on their farming methods, use high quality agricultural breeds, apply irrigation methods during their farming activities and the Government of Uganda should provide free and high quality agricultural breeds to them. Further research can be carried out on quantity of food supplied and the extent of food security among farmers in Mbarara and Isingiro districts.
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A research report submitted to the college of higher decrees and research in partial fulfilment of the award of master of business administration (supplies and procurement option) Kampala international university
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Farmers’ participation, Food supply, Food security
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