Uganda has one of the biggest youth populations in the world. More than 75 percent of the country’s population is under 30 years of age, and among those 18-30 there is widespread poverty and unemployment.
Many of these young adults have limited interest in pursuing careers in the agriculture sector because they see agriculture as a subsistence livelihood or lack the agribusiness skills, finance and market awareness to make agriculture profitable.
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.
Say No to Trafficking: Youth Dialogue on Child Migration in Uganda
Uganda - IOM and the Institute for International Co-operation and Development will tomorrow (15/11) organize a youth dialogue on child migration to raise awareness of child trafficking in Karamoja in Uganda.
Disease outbreak news
13 November 2014
On 11 November 2014, the Government of Uganda declared that Uganda was free of the Marburg virus. This declaration was made at the National Media Centre by the Minister of State for Primary Health Care, Hon. Sarah Achieng Opendi.
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
IOM, Uganda’s Ministry of Health, UNAIDS and the Uganda AIDS Commission last week organized a national consultative meeting on HIV/AIDS response in the country’s fishing communities.
Among the 7.3 per cent of Ugandans between 15 and 49 who are HIV positive, fishing communities have the highest HIV rates at three to five times above the national average. HIV rates among fishermen, 90 per cent of whom are migrants, according to a 2013 IOM study, range from 22 to 40 per cent.
Hon. Sarah Achieng Opendi Minister of State for Health – Primary Health Care
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By BAMUTURAKI MUSINGUZI
The centre will be a 24-hour, 7-days a week central facility for early warning, disaster and climate modelling and forecasting, emergency response and recovery co-ordination, and disaster information.
The centre is equipped with the latest digital communications technology. It also has a mobile command and control truck and rapid assessment and response vehicles.
Kampala, Ouganda | AFP | Thursday 11/6/2014 - 14:37 GMT
ADDS HRW REAX
Uganda has suspended 15 of its senior military commanders over their conduct in Somalia including allegations of sexual exploitation, the army said Thursday.
The action comes in the wake of a damning report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) which accused troops with the internationally-funded African Union force in Somalia, AMISOM, of preying on vulnerable women and girls.
Tracking Kony across central Africa
By Paul Ronan
Inadequate Investigations, Unfair Trials, Irregular Amnesties
(Nairobi) – The government response to deadly ethnic violence and reprisals in the Rwenzori region of western Uganda in July 2014 has been inadequate. The government should arrange for a credible independent investigation to examine the circumstances of the initial attacks, the subsequent response – including the possible involvement of government forces in reprisal attacks and torture, and the adequacy of protection for civilians in the following days.
ADJUMANI DISTRICT, Uganda, November 3 (UNHCR) – Peter sat in the shade of a large tree in northern Uganda's Adjumani district, still terrified that the violence he and his family left behind will catch up with them once again. "Sometimes my mind thinks maybe someone will come and kill me at night and I wake up and want to run," the 26-year-old South Sudan refugee said. "I calm myself down but sometimes it comes back."
Denis Angeri of Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) Uganda, praises the commitment of the Ugandan government to children’s rights but says that much more needs to be done to protect children in conflict with the law. In particular, stronger measures are needed to protect the growing number of street children who should be protected but are frequently rounded up by the police, held in police cells with other offenders and are at high risk of abuse and violence.
As Uganda debates the re-introduction of an Anti-Homosexuality Bill, ORAM publishes a comprehensive Country of Origin Report on the conditions of LGBTI individuals in the country
ORAM has published an extensive report titled "Country of Origin Report: Sexual and Gender Minorities - Uganda." The unique report includes an extensive case law section, analyzing key asylum decisions in Ugandan LGBTI asylum cases from six jurisdictions worldwide.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.
WFP-supported saving schemes in Uganda are enabling farmers to readily access cash, thereby reducing the likelihood of them having to sell their produce at a lower price to meet their immediate needs.
AKIMENGA - Colositika Kirabira always dreamed of providing her four children with a good education but was not sure how she would ever be able to afford it.
Last month, disaster preparedness and response staff of the Government of Uganda and staff from ten humanitarian agencies participated in a WFP supported simulation exercise to gauge Uganda's readiness to handle a sudden onset of disaster.
Increased possibilities for citizens to express their opinions, better access to legal services and more investigated human rights complaints are some of the results of Swedish cooperation with Uganda in recent years. Now Sweden renews its commitment to strengthening democracy and human rights.
The Swedish Embassy in Kampala has committed an additional 5,3 million Euros in the coming two years to a broad fund, which in turn conveys funds to a hundred organizations working to strengthen democracy, human rights, peace-building and freedom of expression.
By Francis Kagolo
The education ministry, with the help of UN education agencies, has embarked on a process to mainstream conflict and disaster risk reduction in the various school curricula.
The move also aims at ensuring that students are taught to be peaceful and school facilities like buildings are resistant to disasters like lightning and strong winds.
By Aloysius Byamukama
SHEEMA - A 16-year old boy died instantly after a heavy downpour instigated mudslides in Sheema district.
The incident took place at around 5:45am Friday when the hanging rocks in the adjacent Kamuhembe Village in Masheruka sub county, Sheema district, rolled downhill and crashed into the house where Collins Tumworobere was sleeping.
Tumworobere, his five siblings and their mother Allen Tumukugize, were at the time, still sleeping.