Rangeland’s contribution to household food & income in Uganda
The article “Contribution of rangelands to household food basket and income in a pastoral area in Uganda” by Betty Mbolany et al (Journal of Food Security 4 (3) (2016): 68–75) examines the relationship between the household food basket, income and rangelands in Nakaseke District, Uganda. A survey of 180 households using semi-structured questionnaires revealed that rangeland resources contributed significantly to household food and income year-round: on average, a household spent over USD 4 daily on milk during both wet and dry season – the largest household expenditure on food items. The size of land owned significantly influenced cattle numbers and income at household level: 73% of households attributed their herd sizes to the presence of vast expanses of rangeland. Thus, rangelands made an important contribution to the household food basket as well as household assets such as livestock, offering livelihood options and household food security.