Busoga region, remains the highest contributor of Poverty in Uganda at 18% of the total National population followed by Bukedia, Acholi and Karamoja with majority of the people from these mentioned regions can’t afford a pair of shoes and are operating under subsistence way of survival According to the Uganda National Household Survey 2019/2020 that was conducted by Uganda National Bureau of standards
In other studies indicts that the cases of child labor increased by 36% from 21% more so during the period of Covid19 where as 4 people in every house hold are just living hand to mouth and its noted that the number of Households in subsistence Economy increased from 3.3 million to 3.5 million. Karamoja region was identified as the highest consumer of Alcohol and Tobacco while Agricultural sector growth went high as Trade reduced in the country after the outbreak of COVID19.
However the same survey has indicated that the National poverty levels has literally reduced from 21.4 to 20.3 %
And DR. Sarah Ssewanya a representative of Economic policy Research center in her remarks about The survey says there is no need for the Government to celebrate about the slight decline in the poverty levels saying alot has got to be done by the Government to combat the challenge of poverty in the country.
She further added that in some regions like Lango and Busoga COVID19 shouldn’t be looked at as a main contributor of poverty. She further said that these areas face other challenges among which include income inequality and urged the Government to Fully empower its programs that fights poverty like The parish model and others and also Enhance the issue of Affirmative Action.