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    Posted October 17, 2011 by
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    Mbarara, Uganda
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    Matoke, a Uganda staple

     

    The matoke or cooking banana plantain is Uganda's staple food and is invariably eaten at every meal. Oftentimes, it is the meal itself, especially for the rural poor.

     

    It is also the staple crop and major source of income for over 12 million people like this subsistence farmer from Mbarara in West Uganda. About 1.5 million hectares or 38% of Uganda’s total arable land are planted to plantain. A well-managed hectare can generate up to US$1,500 a year.


    But over the last 30 years, pests and disease have radically reduced plantain yields, threatening food security.

    Subsistence farmers in West and Central Uganda are now feeling the impact of reduced incomes and lesser yields.

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