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Title: Putting indigenous foods and food systems at the heart of sustainable food and nutrition security in Uganda

Date Published: February 2020
Author/s: Kimani, A., Mayer, A. and Swiderska, K.
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Copyright/patents/trade marks: IIED
Journal Publisher: IIED
Affiliation: HIVOS and IIED


The plight of indigenous peoples has drawn increased
attention in recent years as they strive to retain their
cultures and protect their ecosystems, lands and food
traditions in the face of globalisation. Indigenous
food systems are typically biodiversity-rich, climate
resilient and environmentally sustainable, and produce
nutritious indigenous foods. Yet indigenous peoples are
disproportionately affected by hunger and malnutrition, and
the shift towards westernised diets high in energy-dense
nutrient-poor food has led to rising obesity, diabetes and
other non-communicable diseases.