The Uganda Market price Update is produced by the Assessments, Monitoring and Evaluation (AME) Unit of the World Food Programme Uganda on a monthly basis. Price data collected by staff at WFP Sub offices in Moroto, Kotido, Kaabobong and Nakapiripirit is analyzed along with data from Infotrade from Kampala, Iganga, Mbarara, Gulu and Lira. The update is divided into four sections; Karamoja markets, Price trends over one year, Other Markets and Price Forecast.
According to Government of Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) reports, a total of 14,464 refugees have arrived in Uganda since November 2014 and 50% of them are children under the age of 18 years. The period of September 18-24, 2015 saw a total of 74 new refugees up from the last week’s 27 with a daily new arrival of 11 individuals.
KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$9 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide food assistance for more than 320,000 refugees living in Uganda.
Highlights of Consumer Price Index for September 2015
1.0 ANNUAL INFLATION
The harvest in Karamoja is likely to be far below average
As of 31st August, UNICEF and partners have supported over 162,845 South Sudanese in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 99,517 in Adjumani, 16,692 in Arua, 39,054 in Kiryandongo and 7,445 in Kampala.
A total of 14,203 Burundian refugees have been received in the country since the onset of the influx, including 10, 706 in Nakivale; 156 in Orukinga; 222 in Kyaka II, 3002 in Kampala; and 117 in Kisoro. This is a 239 increment from last week. Nevertheless, the influx of Burundian refugees into the country is steadily decreasing. In Nakivale, there were 27 new arrivals compared to 32 and 54 in the previous weeks while at Kabazana reception center, a total of 41 Burundian refugees were received at an average of six individuals daily.
This Indicator Report provides a monthly snapshot of the regional response to the Burundi Situation. The indicators included report on the Post 1 January 2015 Burundi 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:
KAMPALA –Irish Aid today committed critical funding that will enable the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to assist more than 100,000 school children in Karamoja and nearly 150,000 South Sudanese refugees living in transit centres and settlements in northern Uganda.
Signing a Memorandum of Understanding in Kampala with acting WFP Country Director Michael Dunford, the Ambassador of Ireland, Donal Cronin, committed €450,000 for the WFP school feeding programme in Karamoja sub-region and another €450,000 for refugees in West Nile.
This IPC food insecurity analysis on Karamoja district of Uganda, compiled from 22 to 26 June 2015, gives a snapshot in time of the current severity of the situation, regardless of the causes, context, or duration.
(MissionNewswire) Close to 1,500 primary, secondary and technical school students have access to better nutrition thanks to a recent shipment of fortified rice-meals to Salesian programs in Uganda. This is the second of three shipments that make up a donation that is providing a total of 855,360 meals in 2015.
Average nominal retail prices for maize grain and sorghum remained relatively stable during the month of July compared to June 2015.
Retail prices for beans decreased by 27% during the month.
An increase in goat prices in July led to an improvement of 9% in the terms of trade against maize grain compared to June.
REST OF THE COUNTRY
Nominal retail prices for maize grain remained stable in July but were higher 10% than the same period in 2014.
Nearly half of households are currently food insecure with either borderline or poor Food Consumption Score, mainly due to the lean season that has seen a decline in food stocks at household level and contributed to food price rises (therefore reducing economic ability to purchase food).
While food security status has marginally improved since June 2014, Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) levels have deteriorated and are at highest levels since 2010.
A total of 13,964 Burundian refugees (13,676 registered and 288 pending registration) have been received in Uganda since the onset of the influx: 10,610 in Nakivale; 208 in Kyaka II; 233 in Orukyinga Refugee Settlements; 215 in Kisoro with another 2768 urban refugees registered in Kampala.
There has been a small increase in new arrivals in the reporting period. Fifty four (54) Burundians were transported from Mirama hills compared to last week’s 47, although the trend is still downward compared to the 137 people received three weeks ago.
A total of 13,694 Burundian refugees have arrived in Uganda since the onset of the influx.
During the reporting period, a total of 321 refugees have been received.
The overall arrival trend has reduced, with a daily arrival of less than 100 people.
Kabazana Reception Centre is nearing its capacity of 1,500 individuals. A total of 1,128 individuals are currently residing there-775 Burundians, 299 Congolese, and 54 Rwandans plus one Kenyan.
Main season harvests in Karamoja are expected to begin in September, three months later than normal. Preliminary estimates suggest production is likely to be between 20 and 30 percent of average.
In bimodal areas, above-average first season harvests have improved access to food and income, and land preparation and planting for the second season are underway.
Summary of WFP assistance: Although food availability is not a major problem in Uganda, access and utilisation are inadequate in some parts. Stunting is high at 33 percent while underweight (14 percent) and wasting (5 percent) remain a concern. The Karamoja region is known for its chronic food insecurity, poor access to basic social services such as education and health, environmental degradation and recurrent droughts. A combination of these factors has undermined the capacity of households to meet their basic nutritional needs.
The Government of Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister reports indicate a reduction of daily new arrivals of Burundian refugees to less than fifty per day. A total of 13,390 refugees have arrived in Uganda since November 2014 and the majority are settled in Nakivale camp.
Although Nakivale camp is not new, it has many service gaps especially in WASH, Education and Child Protection systems