Food and Nutrition

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01 Sep 2015 description


  • 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.

01 Sep 2015 description

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In Karamoja, crop production is expected to be between 20 and 30 percent of average and three months delayed. The harvest will likely start in September, but household food stocks will likely not be normally replenished, leading to early depletion and poor food access through December. Additionally, households are receiving below average incomes from agricultural labor and will likely not make and household production sales.

21 Aug 2015 description

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.

18 Aug 2015 description


  • Average nominal retail prices for maize grain, sorghum and beans remained high but relatively stable in June across Karamoja. Prices for beans were more expensive in June this year compared to the same period in 2014 by 35.1%.

  • The terms of trade (TOT) for goats against maize grain continued to deteriorate in June compared to May in Karamoja as a result of a decrease in goats prices. However, TOT for both goats and labour against maize grain were still favourable compared to the same period in June 2014.

13 Aug 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • 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

12 Aug 2015 description

KAMPALA – Refugees and members of host communities are set to benefit after a landmark deal was signed between the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) that will bring greater economic prosperity and enhanced self-reliance to thousands of farmers.

07 Aug 2015 description


  • The number of Burundian refugees arriving in Uganda since November 2014 was over 13,000 as at 30 July 2015, with the arrival rate at 100-150/day in the Nakivale settlement.

  • The total number of refugees in Uganda as at 30 July 2015 is approximately 467,400 of which 44 percent are Congolese, 39 percent are South Sudanese and 5.8 percent are Burundian.

07 Aug 2015 description

Scott McNiven
University of California, Davis
Daniel O. Gilligan
International Food Policy Research Institute
Christine Hotz


22 Jul 2015 description

By Samuel Okiror

KAMPALA, 22 July 2015 – A five-year initiative to tackle endemic poverty in Uganda’s northern region of Karamoja is expected to boost resilience to natural hazards, especially the recurrent droughts which can decimate livelihoods.

The Drylands Integrated Development Project was launched in June to address a swath of challenges which fuel the population’s vulnerability to hazards.

22 Jul 2015 description


  • The number of Burundian refugees arriving in Uganda since January 2015 is at 11,000, with about 80 percent arriving from March 2015 onward.

  • The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, updated the inter-agency contingency planning figure to 20,000 new arrivals up till the end of 2015, given that 11,000 refugees have already arrived in Uganda.

  • The revised Regional Refugee Response Plan for the Burundian influx will include a chapter on the Ugandan Operational Plan.

10 Jul 2015 description

By Lydia Wamala

In Uganda’s poorest region, Karamoja, WFP is using funding from the United Kingdom to help communities access something they consider more precious than gold – water. One of the ways is by establishing sand dams, a mechanism by which sand is allowed to accumulate and store water for use during the dry season. WFP works with partners including local leaders and NGOs.

NAYESE VILLAGE, KARAMOJA - As Regina Nakwang, Veronica Locham, Lina Sagal and Cecilia Kapel look down at the completed sand dam, their pride is clear to see.

09 Jul 2015 description
report Guardian

Four years after South Sudan became independent on 9 July 2011, conflict has forced tens of thousands across the border into Uganda, where they are given assistance and encouraged to abandon any ethnic animosity

When fighting broke out in December 2013 in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, it spread rapidly toward the country’s north-east – directly towards John Aleu’s home. He wanted no part of the conflict and hoped the remoteness of his village in northern Jonglei state would insulate him.

07 Jul 2015 description

The Resilience Analysis Unit, led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the World Food Programme, carried out the present context analysis with the aim of better understanding resilience to food insecurity and malnutrition in Karamoja, Uganda.

07 Jul 2015 description


  • Average nominal retail prices for maize grain, sorghum and beans continued to increase in May by 10%, 12% and 25% respectively across Karamoja as the sub-region gets to the peak of the lean season.

  • The terms of trade (TOT) for both goats and casual labour against maize grain have continued to deteriorate compared to April, 2015 in Karamoja as a result of increased maize prices. However, households this year are still better off compared to the same period in May 2014.

06 Jul 2015 description

Highlights of Consumer Price Index for June 2015


02 Jul 2015 description


  • The number of Burundian refugees arriving in Uganda since November 2014 was approximately 9,000 as at 24 June 2015, with the arrival rate at 100/day in the Nakivale settlement in southwest Uganda. About 80 percent of the new arrivals came in from March 2015 onward.

  • The majority of the new arrivals say they are coming to Uganda due to security concerns in countries that surround Burundi, family linkages in Uganda and knowledge of more liberal refugee policies of the government in Uganda.

01 Jul 2015 description

Delayed green harvest; Karamoja lean season likely to extend until September


25 Jun 2015 description


  • The number of Burundian refugees arriving in Uganda since November 2014 was approximately 8,800 as at 22 June 2015. The new arrivals came in in at a rate of approximately 92 persons/day in the week leading to 22 June 2015.

  • The Burundians are arriving alongside other refugees fleeing instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Nakivale settlement, where most of the Burundian refugees are arriving, is also receiving Congolese nationals at a rate of 30-50 persons/day.

23 Jun 2015 description

More than 950 students have access to better nutrition thanks to a recent donation of fortified rice-meals to two Salesian programs in Uganda. The donation was made possible through an ongoing partnership between Salesian Missions and Stop Hunger Now, an international relief organization that provides food and life‐saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable.