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The agriculture sector in Uganda is estimated to have contracted by close to 1 percent due to reduced export demand associated with COVID-19 restrictions and decreased output caused by the regional desert locust invasion.

This is according to a study conducted by Deloitte which reveals that agriculture remains a key economic sector and one of the largest employers in the country, responsible for 70.3 percent of the labour force (with the majority in subsistence farming) and accounting for almost 28 percent of real GDP.

The study says that 2020 saw a significant decline in effective domestic demand for food following the closure of schools and the hospitality industry.

The massive loss of employment further led to reduced household incomes with consumers opting for less food and cheaper, less nutrient-rich food items.

It also finds that the number of food insecure people in the country increased by 1.1 million to 16.4 …