Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Uganda

November 9, 2015

Food Security Situation 

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  • While Uganda has a stable government, it is known for its chronic food insecurity in Karamoja, poor access to basic social services such as education and health, environmental degradation, erratic rainfall and recurrent droughts. A combination of these factors means that undernutrition continues to be a concern.
  • As of mid-October, the Government of Uganda estimates more than 498,000 refugees and asylum seekers are in country, many of whom are supported by USAID.


Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) targets approximately 234,000 food-insecure Ugandans in Karamoja through its two development programs with ACDI/VOCA and Mercy Corps. These programs aim to increase access to food, strengthen livelihoods, improve children and pregnant and lactating women’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 awards to the UN World Food Program targets close to 406,000 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.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2015 $43.6 million 26,360 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $35 million 15,750 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $26.2 million 12,700 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $28.4 million 19,460 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $25.9 million 31,310 MT

Fiscal Year 2015 Contribution Breakdown To Date:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $6.2 million 2,880 MT
Title II Emergency $16.9 million 10,380 MT*
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $9 million 13,100 MT
Development Assistance** $11.5 million  

*The Title II Emergency contribution includes Section 202(e) funds for local and regional purchase of commodities. Tonnage is still to be determined so is not included in this amount.
**This includes Community Development Funds and Development Assistance funds contributed by USAID/Uganda.


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Last updated: June 03, 2016

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