Food and Nutrition

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27 Jan 2015 description

KAMPALA – Almost 150,000 refugees living in Uganda are receiving from today reduced rations from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a result of insufficient funding.

The ration cut of 50 percent, which began today, came as WFP struggles to raise an additional US$30 million for its operations in Uganda for the next six months.

23 Jan 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 139,276 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 88,066 in Adjumani, 12,503 in Arua, 31,369 in Kiryandongo and 7,338 in Kampala.

  • There were 1,027 new arrivals during the reporting period.

  • The Government of Uganda mass polio vaccination campaign for under-fives began on 17th January across all settlements and refugee hosting areas.

22 Jan 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

 A total of 137,992 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 87,492 in Adjumani, 12,450 in Arua, 30,755 in Kiryandongo and 7,295 in Kampala.

19 Jan 2015 description

Highlights

  • Average nominal retail prices for maize grain, sorghum and beans in Karamoja increased slightly as harvests come to an end in most households especially Kotido. Also, goat prices increased during the festival season.

  • The terms of trade (goat/maize) improved in December mainly due to the increase in goat prices. However, the ToT for daily wage against maize grain continued to deteriorate.

07 Jan 2015 description
report BioMed Central

Olushayo Olu, Abdulmumini Usman, Solomon Woldetsadik, Dick Chamla and Oladapo Walker

Conflict and Health 2015, 9:1 doi:10.1186/1752-1505-9-1

Published: 7 January 2015

Abstract (provisional)
Background

01 Jan 2015 description

Karamoja households accessing food through heavy use of coping strategy

Key Messages

  • In bimodal areas, average to above-average beans, sorghum, banana, tuber, and maize harvests from the second season are providing a steady supply of food to households and markets. Prices have declined seasonally since October and are expected to continue low through January. Minimal (IPC Phase 1) will continue through March in bimodal areas.

01 Jan 2015 description

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.

24 Dec 2014 description

In Uganda, different types of projects have been set up to fight food insecurity, from production to sales.

With Food Right Now, the young people participated in a training on the advantages of the animal traction method. Cultivating land with the strength of cows increases agricultural production and ultimately higher income for the poorest farmers.

19 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • Average nominal retail prices for maize grain, sorghum and beans in Karamoja have remained low and/or continued to decline in November— below 2013 levels— as a result of the ongoing harvest.

  • The Terms of Trade in Karamoja have remained fairly stable labourmaize grain but declined for goatmaize grain. The latter trend could continue amidst expectations for maize grain price rises (as stocks decline); persistence of the livestock ban, and the incoming dry season during which livestock prices are typically low.

10 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 131,392 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 82,981 in Adjumani, 12,054 in Arua, 29,802 in Kiryandongo and 6,5551 in Kampala.

  • An increase in the number of new arrivals from South Sudan to Uganda was has been observed since November 27th . This increase has been attributed to the 1 year anniversary of fighting and continued clashes in South Sudan.

29 Nov 2014 description

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.

29 Nov 2014 description

Karamoja is Stressed (IPC Phase 2) or worse

KEY MESSAGES

  • Stressed (IPC Phase 2) persists with the ongoing below average harvest in Karamoja. Households will likely conserve food stocks from their own production until February. Low priced staples on the market and better wage/firewood/charcoal to sorghum Terms of Trade have improved food access for poor households despite their limited purchasing power.

27 Nov 2014 description

President Yoweri Museveni has commended Mr. Alykhan Hudani and his family for locating a modern poultry industry in Semuto, Luweero district.

26 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 130,204 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 82,610 in Adjumani, 11,969 in Arua, 29,070 in Kiryandongo and 6,5551 in Kampala.

  • In Kiryandongo, the Chief Justice, Stephen Kavuma made an unannounced 3 hour visit to the settlement on 20 November, to see first hand how refugees live and talk with UNHCR staff.

26 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 129,913 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 81,934 in Adjumani, 11,969 in Arua, 29,490 in Kiryandongo and 6,5201 in Kampala.

  • An ECHO multi-sectoral team carried out a mission in Adjumani, Arua and Kiryandongo 9-13 November to monitor the quality of activities it funds, identify gaps in the response to the refugee crisis, assess ECHO’s added value and discuss its funding strategy for 2015.

17 Nov 2014 description

Washington D.C., November 17, 2014 – In time for Thanksgiving, this year’s crop in the White House kitchen garden for the first time included orange sweet potato, a root vegetable that is rich in vitamin A. The sweet potato was chosen to highlight its role in improving the nutrition and health of millions of children and women throughout Sub-Saharan Africa by providing this essential nutrient.

12 Nov 2014 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

•In bi-modal rainfall areas, production of second season crops is estimated at average level

•Below-average crop production expected in Karamoja region

•Maize prices continue to seasonally decline in most markets

•Food security concerns persist in parts of Karamoja region