Uganda Food Security Outlook Update February 2013

Report
from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 28 Feb 2013 View Original

Households face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity in Karamoja

KEY MESSAGES

  • In bimodal areas, second season harvests of staple food crops have been completed and were average to above-average. This has replenished household and market food stocks and has bolstered food availability and access for poor households. Minimal/None (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes are expected in bimodal areasthrough at least June 2013.

  • In Karamoja, heavy rains last year caused harvests to be belowaverage. As a result, poor households have depleted their food stocks two to three months earlier than normal. Below-average cash incomes have also restricted the ability of poor households to access food through market purchases. Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes are expected through at least June 2013.

  • At markets across the country, staple food prices remain above both last year's levels (8 to 130 percent) and the five-year average (5 to 122 percent). In the coming months, prices are expected to follow normal seasonal trends, meaning that prices will gradually increase. Despite these increasing prices, households in bimodal areas will be able to access food normally on the market using typical livelihood strategies