Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Uganda

April 24, 2017

Food Security Situation 

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  • Uganda is the largest refugee-hosting nation in Africa, with more than 1.1 million refugees and asylum-seekers, the majority of whom (more than 823,000) are from South Sudan.  Newly arrived refugees currently receive a full ration through the UN World Food Program (WFP); however, due to funding constraints, WFP is only able to provide half rations to refugees who arrived prior to July 2015.
  • According to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network( FEWS NET), without humanitarian assistance, Crisis (IPC Phase 3)1 outcomes would be expected among newly-arrived refugees between May and September 2017.
  • The Karamoja sub-region is Uganda’s poorest, with chronic food insecurity, erratic rainfall, decades of conflict, and recurrent drought.  Despite improved security in the region, households frequently struggle to meet their basic nutritional needs, and high rates of child stunting (40 percent) continue.  According to FEWS NET, Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes persist among very poor households in Moroto and Napak Districts.

  • Above-average seasonal rains between February and early March are expected to ease the prolonged drier-than-normal conditions along the cattle corridor of the Karamoja sub-region. Food security is expected to improve to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in July with the green harvest.

Food Assistance Programs

  • Through support from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP), WFP targets more than 1.1 million refugees and asylum-seekers in northern and southwestern Uganda with emergency food assistance.  FFP’s contributions to WFP help to stabilize food consumption and reduce acute malnutrition among the refugees and asylum-seekers with both U.S. in-kind food and locally purchased food.

  • FFP also 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 the nutritional status of children and pregnant and lactating women, and reduce incidences of conflict through a variety of activities, including agricultural production, market linkage and small business development, infrastructure development, maternal and child health, and water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2017 $62.2 million 64,383 MT
Fiscal Year 2016 $42.9 million 36,700 MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $34.4 million 35,356 MT


Fiscal Year 2017 Contribution Breakdown To Date:


  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development --- ---
Title II Emergency $19.9 million 15,650 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $35.0 million 48,733 MT
Development Assistance** $7.2 million  

1: The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) is a standardized tool that aims to classify the severity and magnitude of food insecurity. The IPC scale, which is comparable across countries, ranges from Minimal—IPC I—to Famine—IPC 5.
**This includes Community Development Funds.


Country Specific Guidance

Last updated: April 24, 2017

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