By Regina Nsubuga
Concepts & Thoughts
Washington D.C–Africa lives on $1.25 a day or less, a principal factor in causing widespread hunger. Parents cannot afford to give food to their school going children every school day. Children are left to starve. Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but is especially so for children and adolescents. On average 8 out of 10 children will go without breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Worse still, most African children will have their first and at times only meal a day after 5 pm. According to the American Dietetic Association, children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills, and eye-hand coordination.
Breakfast Africa Initiative arose with the aim to start feeding at least 20,000 children every day with a balanced diet breakfast. The strategy was to grow maize and use proceeds to feed children and fund the programs of the organization. “As an organization, over the last nine years, all we did was look for aid from friends and we grew tired of asking donors for aid to feed children on a daily basis. Since 80 percent of Africa’s economy depends on agriculture, we decided to confront this challenge using smart climate commercial farming.” Said Prichard Kavuma, National Director Uganda East Africa.
Their initial pilot project involved growing corn on ten acres of land. The proceeds were used to provide breakfast to children and today, they aim to plant corn and raise chickens on 5 miles of land acquired from the government. This project is stirring action in empowerment of farmers through promoting the Maize Value chain for improved incomes and food security in Africa. The sole purpose of this project is to mobilize entrepreneurs to invest in agriculture in a bid to contribute to solving the world’s biggest problem: Hunger while also making profit.