By Prossy Nandudu
Government has been challenged to consider the rural communities in planning programs geared towards poverty reduction.
The call was made by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark, on a tour of some of the projects supported by UNDP in Misoli landing site in Entebbe municipality.
She said that Uganda is an emerging economy which has great potential of eliminating poverty among the rural population if the inclusive modal growth pattern is adopted.
“Uganda is emerging and has a lot of potential. We urgue for the growth model to be inclusive as soon as possible to enable communities have better lives,” said Helen Clark.
This, she said would be possible with interventions like projects which UNDP extends to rural communities through the GEF Small Grants Programme (SFG) which helps the communities to sustain their livelihoods.
She also advised women to embrace fish farming since fish takes about six months to mature yet there is assured market.
“I learnt from the women that fish takes about six months to mature but this will not have sustainable supply and we also know that the main source of fish which is L.Victoria is under pressure because it’s feeding other countries so they should think of fish farming,” Clark added.
According to Nassuna Hanifa, out of such projects, women have been able to pay school fees for their children and improved their living conditions.
Residents in the area also requested for additional eco san toilets saying the one in place cannot handle the increasing population at the landing site.
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UNDP boss tips Uganda on poverty reduction