Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Uganda

January 24, 2017

Food Security Situation 

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CIA World Factbook
  • Although Uganda has a stable government, the region of Karamoja is known for its chronic food insecurity.  In Karamoja, access to basic social services such as education and health is limited, and food insecurity is exacerbated by environmental degradation, erratic rainfall, and recurrent droughts. A combination of these factors means that undernutrition continues to be a concern.
  • According to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, below-average 2016 production has led some poor households in Karamoja to deplete household food stocks in December, three months earlier than normal. Many of these households are now dependent on markets, and above-average prices are lowering food access. In Napak, Kaabong, and Moroto, poor households are expected to be in Crisis (IPC* Phase 3) in April and May, the peak of the lean season.
  • The UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates more than 669,400 refugees and asylum seekers from South Sudan are in country, many of whom are supported by USAID. Other refugee populations in Uganda include Burundians, Congolese and Somalis.

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, infrastructure development, maternal and child health, and water, sanitation, and hygiene.

  • FFP’s contributions to the UN World Food Program target more than 1 million refugees and asylum seekers in northern and southwestern Uganda and extremely vulnerable individuals in Karamoja. This program aims to stabilize food consumption and reduce acute malnutrition with U.S. in-kind food and locally and regionally purchased food, as well as cash transfers to a small number of refugees and asylum seekers.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2017 $43.2 million 44,096 MT
Fiscal Year 2016 $44.2 million 36,700 MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $33.1 million 35,356 MT


Fiscal Year 2017 Contribution Breakdown To Date:


  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development --- ---
Title II Emergency $20.0 million 15,650 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $20.0 million 28,446 MT
Development Assistance** $3.2 million  

*Integrated Food Security Phase Classification
**This includes Community Development Funds.


Country Specific Guidance

Last updated: March 23, 2017

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