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Type Report
Title Disaggregated Analysis of Bean Consumption Demand and Contribution to Household Food Security in Uganda
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2015
Publisher CGIAR
URL http://pabra-africa.org/sites/default/files/PDF/BeanConsumption_Uganda_Report Final.pdf
Legumes are known to be low cost source of high quality protein and micronutrients. In recent years, consumption of legumes such as common bean in sufficient quantities has been depicted as a strategic remedy for hidden hunger and healthy eating. This report investigates household bean consumption in Uganda, using data compiled for the years 2011-2012 in the Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) project led by the Development Research Group at the World Bank. Consumption was disaggregated by season, dry grain versus fresh or immature grain, urban versus rural, and by income strata. Consumption followed seasonal patterns of the two main harvest seasons. Frequency of bean consumption varied from 2.62 (1st quintile rural consumers) to 4.29 times per week (2nd quintile urban consumers). Percent of food expenditure varied from 3.33% (5th urban quintile) to 10.88% (2nd rural quintile). Per capita weekly expenditure on beans ranged from 408 (1st rural quintile) to 1237 Ugandan shillings (5th rural quintile), fully a three-fold difference, suggesting that the poor are unable to consume all the beans that they would like to, and are limited by low purchasing power or production constraints. In the analysis that will follow, implications for nutrition of the poor will be examined and determinants for bean consumption demand investigated using econometric methods.

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