Uganda mVAM September 2018 Issue #14 - Karamoja Region Early Warning Bulletin

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Key Highlights

  • Overall, 27% of the sampled households in Karamoja had food stocks in September. Moroto (47%) and Kaabong (37%) had the highest. Compared to same period last year, the overall stock levels fell by 24%, due to a delayed harvest this year;

  • 64 percent of the overall households had acceptable food consumption, more so in Moroto (86%),
    Amudat (80%) and Nakapiripirit (70%). Overall, there was a decline by 24% compared to 2017;

  • In September, 16 percent of the overall households were highly coping. The proportion of households that were highly coping was high in Kotido (24%) and Kaabong (23%). The main food coping strategies employed were consuming less preferred foods and limiting portion sizes at meal times;

  • 37 percent of the overall households reportedly sold productive assets to meet their household food requirements, with Amudat and Abim having the highest;

  • Total admissions of moderately malnourished individuals to supplementary feeding programmes reduced from 5,962 in August, to 4,601 in September. More females (2,964) than males continue to be admitted.


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.
Because the sample size was relatively small, as m-VAM is in a pilot stage in Uganda, estimates are surrounded by a larger-than-average sampling error.
This mVAM bulletin is based on the data collected between 1st -9 th September 2018.

  • A total of 855 households were interviewed and 28% of these households were female headed;
  • 21 percent reported that they receive assistance from world food programme (WFP);
  • Overall, 29 percent of the households are enrolled in the extremely vulnerable households (EVHs) programme and 23% of the household were headed by either a disabled or chronically ill individual;
  • The average age of the household head remained at 39.