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May 2003

The impact of HIV/AIDS on agricultural production and mainstreaming AIDS messages into agricultural extension in Uganda

This report analyses the impact of HIV/AIDS on agricultural production in Uganda. The report is based on a study that was carried out in 2001 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) in Uganda under the aegis of the Integrated Support to Sustainable Development and Food Security Programme (IP) and with technical support provided by FAO's Extension, Education and Communication Service. Extension workers interact regularly with the crop farmers, livestock farmers and the fishing folk. Despite this regular interaction, the study has revealed that extension workers are not involved in HIV/AIDS work, as it does not fall within their mandate. Also the extension workers at present lack the knowledge and skills of addressing HIV/AIDS issues since it had long been perceived as a health matter. To mainstream HIV/AIDS messages into agricultural extension, the agricultural sector must recognize that the epidemic is not only a health issue, but a development issue as well.

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