Tuesday March 18 2014

Deforestation causing rising food prices, activists say


Rampant deforestation is to blame for the reduction in food supply, which causes increase in food prices, activists have said.

In a statement issued yesterday, the activists said despite the campaign to promote food security, the planners forget the role of forests. They added that food security requires sustainable energy and ecosystem provided for by forests to increase production.

Ms Efrance Nakiyingi, the Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU) programme officer, said the country has lost about one quarter of her forests over the last 15 years. She said this has resulted into weather changes leading to delayed and insufficient rains, floods and mudslides.

“This situation has culminated into prolonged dry seasons leading to a serious reduction in food supply which has then contributed to the increasing food prices. Subsequently, majority of Ugandans are missing meals because they cannot afford to buy it,” she said in a statement ahead of the World Forest Day commemorations slated for March 21.