Food and Nutrition

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05 May 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Good prospects for 2016 first season crop production
  • Maize prices seasonally increasing but at low levels
  • High food vulnerability persists in Karamoja Region

Favourable prospects for 2016 first season crop production

04 May 2016 description

KEY FIGURES

223,623\*
Total number of South Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers registered and active in Uganda as of 26 April 2016.

196,296
Pre-1st January 2016

27,327
From 1st January to the reporting period.

*note that figures are likely to fluctuate slightly in the coming weeks as the results of the verification exercise in Kiryandongo are reflected.

Settlement breakdown of SSD refugees and asylum seekers registered in 2016:

30 Apr 2016 description
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The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

29 Apr 2016 description

Improved crop performance and enhanced pasture conditions with steady rains

KEY MESSAGES

26 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • The number of Burundian individuals seeking refuge in Uganda has reduced but in a typical fluctuating trend as observed in the first quarter of the year. In Nakivale, less than a hundred Burundians (78) arrived in the reporting period compared to last week’s 163 new arrivals. Of the new arrivals, 37 arrived through Mirama Hills, five were from Mutukulu, seven from Gatuna border and 23 were referrals from Kyangwali Refugee Settlement. There were additional six walk-ins that were received at Kabazana Reception Centre.

25 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP is providing food assistance to about 400,000 refugees through cash-based transfers (CBTs) and provision of food.

  • WFP has expanded CBTs among refugees to allow them to purchase food of their choice. As at the end of March, more than 50,000 refugees were receiving CBTs.

20 Apr 2016 description

In Uganda, WFP recently started supporting a new initiative that helps refugees and local host communities to reduce post-harvest food losses. The objective is to build the refugees’ livelihoods and boost their self-reliance. The refugees are eager to taste the benefits.

RWAMWANJA REFUGEE SETTLEMENT, Western Uganda – About two dozen women and men are crowding into a rented makeshift structure built with mud and sticks. It is 3 p.m., and the afternoon session of the training in zero food loss is about to begin. But first, the group breaks into energetic song:

18 Apr 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • 22,376 refugee children in Nakivale and Oruchinga settlements were reached through the UNICEF, District Local Government and Ministry of Health supported vaccination campaigns.

  • 1,645 ECD going children have benefited from the construction of 12 ECD classroom blocks, with support from UNICEF in Nakivale, the Burundi hosting refugee settlement.

18 Apr 2016 description

KEY FIGURES

223,449\*
Total number of South Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers registered and active in Uganda as of 12 April 2016.

17,112
Pre-December 2013 caseload

206,337
Post-December 2013 caseload.

23,894
South Sudanese refugees received in Uganda in 2016 alone (as of 31 March)

*note that figures are likely to fluctuate slightly in the coming weeks as the results of the verification exercise in Adjumani are reflected.

18 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • The rate of new arrivals has been relatively stable in recent weeks, averaging between 150-300 new arrivals per week. This week saw 167 Burundian refugees arrive in Nakivale, fleeing from Kironde, Makamba, Bubanza, Rumonge, Muyinga, Bujumbura and Kibitoke provinces reporting forced recruitment of the youth and arbitrary imprisonment.

13 Apr 2016 description

This Indicator Report provides a monthly snapshot of the regional response to the South Sudan Situation. The indicators included report on the Post 15 December 2013 South Sudan caseload only. The report is prepared through collaboration with the reporting country and the Regional Support Hub, Nairobi.

The notes below provide further contextual information on various sector indicators:

CHILD PROTECTION

08 Apr 2016 description

KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed four recent contributions totalling nearly US$30 million, enabling more refugees in Uganda to receive food assistance than ever before.

New support from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), Japan and the United States of America, as well as the United Nations Emergency Response Fund (UN CERF) will allow WFP – working in close partnership with UNHCR – to continue assisting more than 400,000 refugees who depend on international support in Uganda.

08 Apr 2016 description

This study by Gilligan and Roy examines the impacts of two transfer modalities linked to school enrolment on children’s cognitive and non-cognitive development in Karamoja, Uganda. The study finds that, while multiple-micronutrient-fortified food transfers had no significant impact, cash transfers led to a significant increase in cognitive measures of children by about nine percentage points relative to the control group.

01 Apr 2016 description

Cooking banana (matoke), dry cassava chips, sorghum, millet, beans, and white maize are important food commodities for Ugandans. The staple food varies by region. Matoke is most important in the central, western, and southwestern regions; millet in the east; and sorghum in the east, north and northeast. Cassava chips, beans, and white maize are also very important for a significant part of population; cassava chips are especially important in eastern (Soroti), northern, and northwestern (Arua) Uganda. In Mbarara and Kampala, matoke is most important commodity for all households.

23 Mar 2016 description
report BioMed Central

BMC International Health and Human RightsBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201616:10

DOI: 10.1186/s12914-016-0086-y

© Vogt et al. 2016

Line Erikstad Vogt, Byaruhanga Rukooko, Per Ole Iversen, and Wenche Barth Eide*

Abstract

Background

15 Mar 2016 description

WFP in Uganda uses two methods to provide food assistance to refugees who have been in the country for longer periods of time: cash or food, depending on what they choose. Both methods, funded in 2015 by Canada, the European Commission, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States, are helping to meet the food and nutrition needs of refugees.

KAMWANGE DISTRICT, UGANDA -- As Wednesday winds down over Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement in western Uganda, so does WFP’s cash distribution.

10 Mar 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Good prospects for 2016 first season crop production

  • Maize prices decline, but still at high levels due to sustained regional demand

  • High food vulnerability persists in Karamoja region

Favourable prospects for 2016 first season crop production