Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Uganda

April 18, 2014

Food Security Situation 

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CIA World Factbook
  • 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.
  • Near average harvests from the second harvest season in late 2013 replenished both household and market stocks to typical levels.
  • In much of Karamoja region, however, the lean season has started a month early in 2014, meaning poor agro-pastoral households are currently Stressed (IPC Phase 2).


Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) now 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 $23.7 million 27,181 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 $3.4 million* 3,690 MT
Title II Emergency $7.3 million 7,680 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $13 million 15,811 MT

*Reflects FY 2014 contributions to date out of an expected $8 million for the two development programs.

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

Country Specific Guidance

Last updated: April 21, 2014

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