Late release of funds is affecting the Uganda Multi-Sectorial Food
Security and Nutrition project – UMFSNP in Kyenjojo district.
In 2016, the district benefited from project whose major objective is to
address the problem of malnutrition in school-going children and women of
The six-year project worth 10 Billion shillings is funded by the Global
Agriculture and Food Security under the supervision of the World Bank.
It is being implemented by the ministries of Agriculture, Health
In Kyenjojo district, the benefiting primary schools say the money for buying
inputs like seedlings and seeds is released late.
At Busaiga Primary School in Kihuura Sub County, the teacher in charge of the
project, Bright Mohammed, says that they were supposed to receive money in
February to buy beans for planting but the money was never disbursed.
Mohammed discloses that after waiting for over a month and realizing that the
season of planting was ending, they were forced to pick part of the Universal
Primary Education – UPE funds to buy the beans and plant in the demonstration
The money was later wired on the school's account in June but the delay caused
them serious challenges. He notes that from the beans that they planted, they
were supposed to harvest at least 200 kilograms but they only harvested 50
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Mohammed says that they were also supposed to get money to fence of the
demonstration gardens but the money has also delayed. As a result, they planted
fruit trees that are part of the project like avocados, mangoes and oranges
that were destroyed by stray domestic animals.
At Kyankaramata Primary School, the deputy headteacher Julius Kaija Mugabo says
that the money was disbursed late during the dry season.
He also says that other than late release of funds, the process of
having a school cleared to receive the money is also long and time-consuming.
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According to the project objectives, pupils are supposed to eat food from the
crops grown at school. But at Kyankaramata, there is nothing to be eaten now as
their stores have since run dry because crops did not yield much.
Efforts to get a comment from district project coordinator, Lawrence Kalyegira,
yielded no results as he declined to comment on the matter.
However, Kyenjojo district status report for financial year 2018/2019, the Ministry
of Agriculture only disbursed 115 million shillings of the budgeted for 1.6
billion shillings which was equivalent to 7.1 per cent.
The report noted that there was need for engagement between the project
coordinators and the ministry to ensure there is timely release of the funds.
Financial records from schools show that each year they receive an
average of 3 million shillings to buy seeds and other inputs like fertilizers
and garden tools.
Some of the crops grown under the Uganda Multi-Sectorial Food Security and
Nutrition project are iron-rich beans, soya beans, eggplants, green papers, and
orange fresh sweet potatoes.