Response on the different ways that we could increase demand for eggs, other than increasing availability and reducing price? What are some examples of successful initiatives?
1. Increase public awareness of the nutrition benefits of eggs. If more people know the nutrition benefits of eggs, the likelihood of consuming eggs are higher.
2. Promote consumption of egg-based dishes/meals; in Uganda, the government is promoting consumption of the "Rolex" which is basically an egg omelet wrapped in a chapati as part of the food tourism. This is indirectly increasing egg consumption
In the context of limited access to productive resources:
- The little agricultural inputs that can be accessed should be of good quality so that farmers can obtain higher yields from small cultivated areas
- Provision of agricultural inputs to such farmers at subsidized rates by the government can be of help
- Adequate government regulation to ensure that agricultural inputs (seeds, pesticides, fertilizers, ) are of high quality can be of help
- Need for adequate agricultural extension services through which farmers can receive different forms of support
Thank you Christine Campeau and the UNSCN for starting this discussion.
I expect to witness increased domestic and donor funding for nutrition, and with these, increased accountability. I also expect to see more concerted engagement by State and Non-State actors. Increased funding and accountability will facilitate effective delivery of nutrition services be nutrition specific or nutrition sensitive. Increased participation will spread the reach on nutrition services; even in the hard to reach areas that are usually underserved.
Aspirations that are not backed up by adequate funding and competent human resources to roll out necessary activities are often unattainable. For me, I think it will be critical to mobilise funds at global and national level. Much needs to be done in Uganda but a move by the government to increase funding for health and nutrition and also employ key persons specifically for nutrition will go a long way in augmenting other services. Funding for nutrition can be improved through public private partnerships, engagement of different stakeholders, minising duplication of activities, improved transparency and accountability by all actors.
All actors State and Non-State have roles to play. Probably delineating roles by the different actors and then undertaking advocacy aimed at holding each actor to account may improve the quality of commitments.