· UNICEF and partners support over 148,350 South Sudanese refugees of which 88 per cent are women and children.
· The UNICEF/UNHCR/WFP report on the food security and nutrition situation showed a global acute malnutrition (GAM) rate of 20.3 per cent and severe acute malnutrition (SAM) rate of 4.6 per cent among the South Sudan refugees.
· A total of 18,309 children (10,682 boys and 7,627 boys) children have been registered at 34 Child friendly spaces.
There has been a spike in the inflow of Burundian refugees with approximately 800 people arriving between 21 and 26 May 2015 and the expectation that most of them will be granted refugee status.
Over 5,000 refugees have been registered so far since 01 November 2014.
WFP is assisting the refugees, who are arriving through the Uganda-Tanzania border, primarily with cooked meals and monthly food rations.
Average nominal retail prices for maize grain, sorghum and beans increased by 15%, 17% and 2% respectively across Karamoja. This is an expected finding given that Karamoja is in the middle of the lean season.
The increase in maize grain prices in April led to deterioration in terms of trade (TOT) for both goat keepers and casual labourers in Karamoja who mainly depend on market purchase for this commodity.
ARUA, UGANDA— As the civil war in South Sudan rages on, more than 100,000 refugees have fled to camps in neighboring Uganda. The United Nations Children's Fund says $36 million is needed to meet these refugees' basic needs. Recently the European Commission donated $1 million, which to UNICEF is significant, but far from enough.
By now Akon Thiong knows how to prepare the nutritious Plumpy’Nut for her twin daughters. It’s a peanut-based product with extra nutrients for children who are severely malnourished.
Welsy Anena’s mother is convinced that orange sweet potato (OSP) saved her daughter’s life. Anena had been sickly since birth and at 18 months, she weighed just nine pounds. She had been in and out of hospitals so often that her mother braced herself for the worst.
But when her mother started feeding her OSP, everything changed. Since increasing her consumption of this nutrient-dense food, Anena has grown into a vivacious 30-pound three-year-old.
Recognizing the challenges of food insecurity in certain areas in Uganda, WFP in consultation with the Government and partners developed a Country Strategy (2009–2014).
The Strategy identifies three priority areas:
Emergency humanitarian action
Food and nutrition security
Agriculture and market support
A second generation Country Strategy is being developed and will be available in December 2015.
WFP has been present in Uganda since 1963.
Below average rainfall in Karamoja likely to worsen Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food insecurity
Despite delayed onset and below average rainfall since early April, germination and early vegetative growth occurred in both bimodal areas and unimodal Karamoja. With likely continued belowaverage rainfall, crop growth may be retarded, delaying and reducing green harvests to July and reducing potential yields for the dry harvests in Karamoja. Continued rainfall in bimodal areas will likely result in a near-average harvest.
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.
Average nominal retail prices for maize grain, sorghum and beans increased during the month a c ro s s Ka ramo ja . Howeve r , households depending on markets for maize grain and sorghum were still better off compared to the same period last year while for beans were worse off.
There was a deterioration in terms of trade (TOT) for both goats and casual labour against ma ize gra in compared to February. This was mainly a result of a 22% increase in maize grain prices during the month.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
In bi-modal rainfall areas, late and erratic rains affected first season crops in central and southern districts
Prices of matooke and beans increased by 20-40 percent between February and March in most markets
Food security concerns persist in parts of Karamoja region
Prospects for 2015 first season crops are uncertain in bi-modal areas due to erratic seasonal rains
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UNICEF and partners support over 144,455 South Sudanese refugees of which 87 per cent are women and children including 12,793 in Arua, 33,381 in Kiryandongo, 91,743 in Adjumani and 7,538 in Kampala.
A Polio house to house immunisation campaign was carried out amongst the refugees and host communities. According to the U-report Poll, 82% of respondents indicated that Polio vaccinators came to their home to vaccinate all the children under five years.
Appeal Target: US$ 507,887
Balance Requested: US$ 507,887
Geneva 15 April 2015
South Sudan is facing violence since almost 16 months, steaming from a power struggle between the incumbent President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Dr. Riek Machar, which erupted on 15th December 2013 in Juba when Mr. Kiir accused Mr. Machar of staging a coup. Violence has since prevailed and is often breaking out along ethnical lines between Dinka and Nuer tribes.
KAMPALA, 13th April 2015- The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) has provided an additional 1 Million Euros contribution to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support the agency’s 2015 emergency response to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.
UNICEF will support four main interventions in the districts of Adjumani, Arua, Koboko, Yumbe and Kiryandogo in northern Uganda.
Matching FAO’s expertise to Uganda’s development priorities
FAO cooperation with Uganda is shaped by the FAO Country Programming Framework (CPF), jointly developed with the Government and other partners. The CPF is fully aligned with national and regional development priorities as well as the UN Development Assistance Framework for Uganda. A new CPF is currently being finalized for 2015 through 2019, with a focus on three priority areas:
Insufficient food and income to lead to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) in Karamoja by April
In bimodal areas, ground surface temperatures from February to March were six to seven degrees centigrade above average, drying out rangelands and leading to poor livestock body conditions. Pre-season and early season rains for the bimodal and unimodal areas were very low during, causing delays in land preparation.
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.
Average nominal retail prices for maize grain and sorghum were relatively stable during the month and lower than last year across Karamoja. However, prices for beans have continued to rise higher than last year’s and two-years average 2013/14.
Annual analysis highlights an improvement in terms of trade (TOT) for both goats and casual labour against maize grain. This was mainly a result of lower maize grain prices this year compared to last year.
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: