Uganda mVAM March 2018 Issue #12 - Karamoja Region Early Warning Bulletin

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Key Highlights

  • In March, 41% of the overall households had food stocks, portraying a decline by 19%, compared to January.
    Similar trends were noted across districts, significantly in Abim and Kotido by 40% and 34%, respectively.
    Compared to 2017, the food stock levels have remained higher, following a better harvest during the September-to-October harvest season;

  • There was a slight improvement in the food security situation, with 58% of the households having acceptable FCS compared to 51% in January, and this is attributed to a combination of livelihood activities applied by households. In Kaabong, Amudat, and Napak, the proportion of households with acceptable FCS increased by 36%, 33% and 21%, respectively;

  • Results in March revealed that the overall rCSI was higher than January by 25%, markedly in Amudat, Kotido and Kaabong, indicating households are increasingly stressed in meeting their food needs;

  • The average retail price for maize grain in March was slightly above February levels by 7%, while the price for sorghum fell by 3%. Prices for maize grain and sorghum remained significantly below 2017 levels.


The mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) was initiated in 2016 by WFP Uganda Country Office to provide real-time analysis of the performance of food security indicators and serve as a core pillar of WFP’s Food Security and Nutrition Early Warning System.
This mVAM bulletin is based on the data collected between 19th-26th March 2018.

  • 988 households were interviewed in March across Karamoja, of which 16 percent were female headed.

  • The average age of the household head is 39, while the household membership is 9;

  • 13 percent of the households reportedly receive assistance from WFP;

  • 26 percent of the households heads are either disabled and/or chronically ill.