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Uganda + 2 others
Kenyan refugees cry for help to come back home

In Summary

  • She is one of an estimated 1,500 Kenyans living in the camp; these are the remnants of about 4,000 refugees who crossed into Uganda at the height of the 2007-2008 post-election violence that displaced at least 600,000 Kenyans. The ones who crossed the border had mostly fled from their homes in western Kenya, but many have since returned to their motherland.

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Monthly Market Monitor, June 2014: Issue 4


  • Average nominal retail prices for maize grain, sorghum, beans and goats were relatively stable in Karamoja during the month of June 2014 despite varying fluctuations at district level. Average daily wage rates increased by 10% on average but more significant in Nakapiripirit.

  • The terms of trade for a goat and daily labour wage when compared to the amount of maize grain purchased were stable during the month of June in reference to May 2014.

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Feed the Future Fellow Promotes Food Security and Nutrition among Children in Ugandan Primary Schools

One of the ways Feed the Future supports better nutrition and food security is by increasing the number of agricultural scientists and strengthening scientific institutions in developing countries. To learn more about what that looks like in practice, Feed the Future talked to Richard Bukenya, a Fellow with the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development program, who is working to improve nutrition for in Uganda through his research at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

Q: Tell us about your research objectives in a nutshell.

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Building Uganda’s Next Generation of Nutrition Leaders

Every year, Uganda’s universities graduate more than 60 students with degrees in nutrition and high hopes of helping their local communities tackle challenges such as undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and overnutrition. Although the universities’ curricula provide graduates with a solid theoretical grounding in nutrition, it hasn’t always been easy to put classroom learning into practice.

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Uganda + 1 other
Study Highlights New Agricultural Methods and Technologies that can Save Governments Millions and Conserve Vital Natural Resources

Experts and policy-makers meet to share key findings from Ugandan and Indian national planning and food security study

Nairobi, 15 July 2014 - A shift in agricultural policy to encourage crop diversification and use of new water and energy saving technologies could save millions of hectare-metres (ha m) of water annually, as well as millions of dollars in energy costs, finds a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partner food security study.

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Uganda + 4 others
South Sudan Refugee Emergency Revised Regional Response Plan January – December 2014


The situation of the IDPs in South Sudan and the refugees in the neighbouring countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda has changed, in some cases dramatically, since the first Regional Refugee Response Plan (Inter-Agency Appeal for the South Sudanese Refugee Emergency, Jan-Dec 2014).

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Uganda: Karamoja Food Security Assessment March 2014

The overall objective of this post-harvest assessment was to determine the level of crop and livestock production and output in Karamoja during the 2013 season and the resultant implications for the current and projected food security situation in the region in 2014.

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Uganda + 1 other
Refugees From South Sudan Continue To Seek Safety In Uganda

Although a cessation of hostilities agreement was signed by the warring parties in South Sudan, tens of thousands of refugees remain in transit camps and settlements in Uganda. WFP is providing them with life-saving support.

Nyumanzi - Adau Akuonan’s almost teenage daughter follows her about in the refugee village of Nyumanzi, in Adjumani district. As Adau speaks, her daughter tries to interject. Nyandeng Deng is one of Adau’s eight children and helps her mother with the younger children as well as preparing the food they are provided with by WFP.

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Monthly Market Monitor, May 2014: Issue 3


  • The overall average nominal retail prices for maize grain and sorghum continued to increase in Karamoja during the month of May 2014 while prices for beans, goats and labour wage decreased; compared to May 2013 prices, maize grain and sorghum were higher by 24% and 17% respectively .

  • The terms of trade for a goat and daily labour wage against maize grain continued to deteriorate in Karamoja during the month.

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Uganda Food Security Outlook Update June 2014

Many poor housholes in Karamoja currently have inadequate income to purchase food. Some areas moved into Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and are likely to remain that way through September.

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Bargaining power and biofortification

The role of gender in adoption of orange sweet potato in Uganda

International Food Policy Research Institute:

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Uganda Price Bulletin June 2014

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.

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Uganda: Purchase for Progress - P4P Last Update June 2014

P4P in Uganda

In Uganda, P4P focuses on strengthening the capacity of farmers’ organizations (FOs) to aggregate and sell commodities to quality buyers, such as WFP.

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Refugees Welcome WFP's Cash Option in Uganda

WFP is supporting an estimated 300,000 refugees in Uganda, most of them South Sudanese and Congolese. The aim of the cash option is to empower the refugees in meeting their families’ food and nutrition needs.

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Uganda Food Security Outlook Update May 2014

Karamoja will likely have a below average August to November harvest

Key Messages

Low rainfall in April/May has delayed crop development in Karamoja. With a well below average green harvest in July, the lean season may be prolonged. Households are currently Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) only with the presence of humanitarian assistance and likely to remain that way through October.

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URCS Aids 621 Household Bubuda Landslide Victims

Uganda Red Cross

Written by Willie Brens Wambedde

By Joan Kifuko, Hajarah Nakayenga & Willie Brens Wambedde

Hardly a week after the devastating landslide hit and killed 3 people including two minors and displacing more than 621 households in Bushika Sub County, Bududa district, Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), has responded with Food and Non Food Items to the affected communities.

The delivered items include 20,000kg of maize flour, 10,000kg of beans, 234 jerry cans, 117 taurplins, 234 cooking pots, 585 cups and 585 plates.

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Karamoja Situation Update May 2014 

Overview of the Food Security Situation across Karamoja, May 2014

The food security status in Karamoja in May 2014 is worse than last year. While not an emergency, the situation can be termed as serious. The districts most affected are Napak, Kaabong, Moroto and Kotido.

• 18% of the population is in IPC phase 3 (Crisis); approximately 252,000 of the 1.37 million people in Karamoja. A further 58% of the population are classified as being in Phase 2 (Stressed)

• The recent assessments found that household food stocks to be exhausted by March.

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Uganda + 3 others
Uganda Emergency Update - 4 - 10 June 2014

Covering the southwest, midwest and northwest

Main Highlights

  • The number of South Sudanese refugees assisted since 16 December 2013 is now 110,657 in Adjumani, Arua and Kiryandongo districts of Uganda. Together with those registered in Kampala (3,636), the total number assisted is now 114,293.

  • A PSN verification exercise was concluded in Kiryandongo and one is underway in Arua for refugees in Koboko (Congolese) and Rhino Camp (South Sudanese).

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South Sudanese refugees struggle to survive in Ugandan settlements

The Niles

ADJUMANI - Thousands of South Sudanese refugees face a daily struggle in Ugandan refugee settlements whilst dreaming of returning home.

The war that started last December killed thousands and forced over one million to leave their homes, according to the United Nations. Since the fighting started, just under 100,000 refugees have fled to northern Uganda, which borders South Sudan.

The Nyumanzi refugee settlement in Adjumani District is the region’s second largest with at least 22,000 refugees, but the crowded tent hospital is struggling to cope with the demand.