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Transcending boundaries to improve the food security of AIDS affected households in rural Uganda

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In most of sub-Saharan Africa, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is crippling the livelihood systems of households, jeopardizing income flow, and threatening food security. The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), and The AIDS Support Organization (TASO), with support from the HORIZONS Program, have launched a new project to improve household food security in rural Ugandan communities affected by HIV/AIDS. The project will strengthen partnerships between communities and HIV/AIDS, agriculture, and nutrition specialists to improve the ability of households to meet their food security needs. The project is based on the premise that a new partnership is needed because: (1) agriculture and nutrition specialists recognize the food and nutritional needs of AIDS-affected households, but may be unsure how to address new obstacles that HIV/AIDS poses to household food security and (2) HIV/AIDS institutions know food availability and food quality is a primary concern of their clients, yet do not know how to respond to these concerns. The central role of gender in household food security will be addressed in the design of all interventions. This Information Bulletin provides details of the project.