Challenges of realising the human right to adequate food of slum dwellers of Banda parish - Kampala city


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Høgskolen i Akershus

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Master i samfunnsernæring


The general objectives of this study were to determine whether the diet of slum dwellers of Banda Parish outside Kampala city is adequate in reference to the normative content of the human right to adequate food (RtF), and to identify and discuss existing constraints to attaining food adequacy, availability and accessibility in Banda Parish. Two methodologies i.e. qualitative content analysis and the survey method were used. The study comprised two categories of respondents, rights holders (residents of Banda Parish) and duty bearers (representatives of institutions considered as having the mandate to promote RtF). Results show that: The RtF in Uganda can be inferred from objectives XIV and XXII of the 1995 Constitution, diets of rights holders seem inadequate and the level of child malnutrition seems unacceptably high. Additionally, there are no clear recourse mechanisms for violations of the RtF, rights holders seem grossly unaware of the RtF, hygiene and sanitation appears to be poor and access to tapped water is limited. A large percentage of household heads are underemployed and with a low education. Despite all these, Nakawa Division Council appears to be inadequately funded to improve overall welfare of the people in the division


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