Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Uganda

August 19, 2014

Food Security Situation 

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  • Uganda remains one of the poorest countries of the world, and undernutrition continues to be a concern due to food access issues and poor knowledge of how to meet nutritional requirements.
  • Challenges remain in distinct areas, with the northeastern Karamoja region considered the most food insecure area in the country.
  • Many poor households in eastern Karamoja currently do not have enough income to purchase food, so have cut back on the number of meals they are eating each day. Some areas moved into Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and are likely to remain that way through September 2014.
  • A delayed and well below average harvest is expected in October 2014 if normal to below normal rainfall continues, as many farmers did not replant after earlier prolonged dry spells.
  • Near-average harvests in the areas of Uganda where crops are planted twice a year are ongoing through August 2014. These harvests are increasing market availability and replenishing household stocks.


Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) targets approximately 234,000 food-insecure Ugandans through its two development programs with ACDI/VOCA and Mercy Corps. These programs aim to increase access to food, strengthen livelihoods, improve children’s nutritional status, and reduce incidences of conflict through a variety of activities including agriculture production, market linkage and small business development, HIV/AIDS awareness, infrastructure development, maternal and child health, water, sanitation, and hygiene.

  • FFP’s award to the UN World Food Program targets close to 289,000 extremely vulnerable households and refugees in northern and southwestern Uganda. This program aims to stabilize food consumption and reduce acute malnutrition with U.S. in-kind food and locally/regionally purchased food, as well as cash transfers to a small number of refugees in three settlements.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $28.1 million 32,033 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $22.9 million 12,700 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $28.4 million 19,460 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $25.9 million 31,310 MT
Fiscal Year 2010 $40.3 million 45,710 MT

Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown To Date:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $9.7 million 8,540 MT
Title II Emergency $7.4 million 7,680 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $13 million 15,813 MT

Food Security Situation information provided by FEWS NET as of August 2014.

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Last updated: July 02, 2015

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