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

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  • 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.

Overview

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.