Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Uganda

September 12, 2013

Food Security Situation 

  • The food security situation in Uganda has generally improved over the last few years. However, challenges remain in distinct areas, with the northeastern Karamoja region considered the most food insecure area.
  • A September 2013 alert from FEWS NET indicated for the second consecutive year, poor rainfall distribution and prolonged dry spells early in the production cycle have resulted in planting delays and crop damage throughout the Karamoja region.
  • FEWS NET anticipates the 2013 main harvest in Karamoja could be 30-50 percent lower than average, providing only temporary relief in areas where food security is already stressed.
  • The combined impact of poor production, below average incomes, prolonged market dependence, and depleted assets is likely to result in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) by February 2013 in northern and central Karamoja.
  • Uganda has seen gradual improvements in human security and development since the 1990s. Specifically, the proportion of the population living below the national poverty line declined from 56 to 23 percent between 1992-1993 and 2009-2010. Despite these improvements, half of Uganda’s population lives below the international poverty line.

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) now targets approximately 234,000 food-insecure Ugandans through its two development programs and close to 117,600 extremely vulnerable households and refugees in partnership with the UN World Food Program (WFP) in the Karamoja region and southwestern Uganda.

  • FFP partners with WFP, ACDI/VOCA, and Mercy Corps to provide assistance through a variety of activities including agriculture production, market linkage and small business development, infrastructure development, maternal and child health, water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2013* $22.9 million 10,920 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 2009 $39.7 million 49,540 MT

Fiscal Year 2013 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $11.2 million 2,930 MT**
Title II Emergency $11.7 million 7,990 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) ---- ----

*FY 2013 figures represent estimated contributions to date.

**Reflects food purchased in FY 2012 but distributed in FY 2013.

Food Security Situation information provided by FEWS NET as of September 2013

Country Specific Guidance

Last updated: April 18, 2014

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