Food in Uganda

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Food in Uganda

August 24, 2016 No Comments

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Uganda offers its residents an appetising array of food and drink choices. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to the country because of its spectacular landscape – a landscape that delivers a variety of culinary tastes, flavours, aromas, and ingredients.

In amongst all this variety, you can still find traditional Ugandan cuisine – from steamed meat in banana leaves called Luwombo to Kwon also popularly known as Akalo. Uganda is home to the  Rolex, a popular street food found all over the country made of eggs rolled in chapati.

In Uganda there is no particular national dish because of the diversity of her people. Luwombo is a traditional Baganda delicacy comprised of either chicken, beef, ground nuts, dry fish or any other sauce that is tied-up in a banana leaf and steamed. It is eaten with matooke (plantain) or any other staple. In the north and western regions of Uganda, kwon kal or Akalo is a staple food prepared from millet flour.

Basic Economy

Uganda’s economy is one of the fastest growing in Africa at a rate of 5% per annum, with a Gross National Product estimate in 2013 of $22.6 billion (U.S.). Agriculture, mining and trade form the base of the economy. The Uganda shilling is the national currency.

Commercial Activities

Banking and finance, including insurance, are mainstays of the economy. Uganda has also made great strides in Mobile Banking and payments with 19 million Mobile Money registered users in 2015.

Major Industries

Uganda is not one of the most industrialized nations on earth but has a growing manufacturing sector dominated by foreign investors. Major products include cement, reinforcing rods, corrugated roofing sheets, and paint, petroleum, textiles and food processing.


Uganda’s trade imbalance is huge. The country exported $3.156 billion (U.S) and imported $4.858 billion (U.S) worth of goods in 2013. Chief exports include manufactured cement, reinforcing rods, corrugated roofing sheets, and paint. Manufactured goods,Machinery, cars, fuel, and food products are imported. Primary trading partners are Kenya, Rwanda and the UAE.

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