Prof. Paul Bakuluki of Makerere University’s Department of Social Work and Social Administration who was one of the investigators said men had started unpaid care work such as preparing food, fetching water and cleaning whereas their female counterparts are embracing non-traditional roles such as paying for food and meeting costs of health care.
There is concern that despite the cultivation of sugarcane on a bigger portion of arable land, farmers in Busoga seem not to be reaping from one of the world's most traded crop.
Dr. Mbowa observed that while sugarcane production has grown from about one million tons in 1961 to about five million tons by 2018, farmers in areas like Busoga continue to live in poverty.
Commenting about the project and women inclusion issues, Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa, the 2nd Deputy Mufti of Uganda said while they opened up a women’s desk at the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, they have employed males to work there since women are not forthcoming.
In the 10th edition of the Agriculture Finance, Year Book developed jointly by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, the Bank of Uganda and the Economic Policy Research Centre, the focus is on the small agriculture entrepreneurs.
Of the five countries analyzed in the study whose results were released on Tuesday, only Nigeria has out of pocket hospital payments below 25 per cent of the total household non-food expenditure. Other countries including Uganda, Malawi, Ethiopia and Tanzania had expenditure on health above the 25 per cent threshold.
Gideon Badagawa, the Private Sector Foundation Uganda Chief Executive Officer says, this money is likely to be misused because the small and medium enterprises that they are supposed to go to, are not formal.
Latest estimates indicate that about seventy thousand farmers have so far accessed the agriculture Insurance premium subsidy scheme. But the Central and Western Uganda have seemingly taken the lion’s share of the premium now at about 40% according to study by Economic Policy Research Centre EPRC.
Experts warn without careful planning, this population structure might drive Uganda, one of the countries with the highest growth rate considering that the global average is 1.2% into high levels of poverty and conflict.
However Mwesigye says the using the case of Promotion of Equality in African Schools –PEAS intervention model, the PPP arrangement under the USE programme has proved to work better than public schools.