Delayed green harvest; Karamoja lean season likely to extend until September
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.
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.
The average arrival of Burundian refugees into Uganda is approximately 169 individuals. Refugee children are being hosted at Nakivale Refugee settlement Camp and in case the numbers increase they will be hosted in Oruchinga Camp.
UNICEF has provided the Children with therapeutic nutrition services to address malnutrition in addition to health supplies (Polio and measles doses, cold chain equipment) to expand services.
The number Burundian refugees arriving in Uganda since November 2014 is 8,365 with the refugees coming in with approximately 633 arriving over the last week. The average daily arrival rate reduced to about 90.
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, are reviewing the interagency contingency planning figure of 15,000 new arrivals up till the end of 2015 given that over 8,300 refugees have already arrived.
The number of Burundian refugees arriving in Uganda since November 2014 is now over 7,700 with the refugees coming in at a rate of approximately 144 persons a day since 01 June.
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, are reviewing the inter-agency contingency planning figure of 15,000 refugees till the end of 2015 (including the 12,000 refugees that lived in the southwest settlements prior to the new inflow) given that over 7,700 refugees have already arrived since November 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 continues to receive an influx of Burundian refugees with approximately 1,100 people arriving between 27 May 2015 and 2 June 2015, bringing the total number of new arrivals to 7,144 people.
Between 28-29 May, WFP participated in a multisectoral inter-agency assessment mission for the Burundian influx led by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM Uganda).
Below average rainfall likely to delay and reduce harvests in Karamoja
Below average rainfall in bimodal areas since March is likely to result in delayed below-average harvests in June/July. National production is likely to be near average except for local areas in the central and east where cumulative moisture deficits have been experienced. Minimal (IPC Phase 1) through September is expected.
Highlights of Consumer Price Index for May 2015
1.0 ANNUAL INFLATION
· 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.