Mapping Nutrient Adequacy for Targeted Policy Interventions, with Application to Uganda (2013/14)
IFPRI Discussion Paper 1764
34 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2018
Date Written: October 30, 2018
By opposing three sets of nutrient adequacy maps, this paper broadly identifies and locates the major bottlenecks behind Uganda’s micronutrient deficiency problems. Conform to the system approach currently advocated by researchers and development partners, these maps display the combined nutritional contribution of various food items while following a sequential logic from production to consumption. Using the latest round of Uganda’s National Panel Survey (2013/14), after reconversion from nutrients to food items, a spatially diverse set of policy responses are formulated. Despite significant heterogeneity across the country, our findings suggest that particular attention should be directed to increasing the national production and consumption of various beans, pulses and horticultural products such as carrots, dodo and mango, while focusing most efforts on the North East sub-region. Similarly, special attention must be devoted to sesame, given its current production level and its nutritional potential to address calcium, iron and zinc deficiencies.
Keywords: uganda, east africa, africa south of sahara, africa, nutrition, nutrition policies, micronutrients, horticultural crops, pulses, surveys, nutrient adequacy maps, nutrient deficiency, system approach, living standard measurement study – integrated surveys on agriculture (LSMS-ISA)
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