Hunger Fighters Uganda (HFU) is a Not-for-Profit, Non-Governmental Organization initiated in 2008, pursuing a vision of ‘A hunger and Malnutrition free Uganda. The organisation is engaged in the activities of fighting hunger in Uganda with a local, national and global perspective. The organisation programmes focuses on creating empowered communities, which are food secure and free from social injustices including the marginalized groups like women, children and displaced among others. The main areas of work are Agriculture and sustainable livelihoods, Food and Nutrition Security, Humanitarian support and Research, Advocacy and Capacity Development. At the core of fighting hunger, the organization considers gender and sustainable environmental conservation as important crosscutting issues. More so, when targeting beneficiary communities, HFU adopts a multidisciplinary and non-judgmental and Human Rights approach to eradicate hunger with the aim of contributing to social development
Founding of the Organisation
Hunger Fighters Uganda was founded by the alumnae of the course on “hunger in the 21st century.” The course which was facilitated by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and Continuing Agricultural Education Centre (CAEC) at Makerere University was tailored to address the causes, consequences and responses to hunger. This laid the foundation for the formation of Hunger Fighters Uganda as one of such responses.
The founders realized that the world population is seriously affected by hunger with over one billion people starving annually and the greatest percentage being in the South of Sahara where Uganda lies. Worse still about 2 billion people are estimated to be suffering from hidden hunger whereby Uganda is ranked among the severe categories. The effects of hunger are more evident in children where high mortality levels, stunted growth and mental retardation manifest. It is also clear that hunger significantly contributes to maternal mortality. The formation of Hunger Fighters Uganda was therefore inevitable given the changing trends in local, national and global food security situations, the rapid spread of global hunger and its associated consequences.