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WFP Uganda Country Brief, January 2017

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  • WFP is appealing to donors to fill a critical funding gap of USD 52.1 million over the next six months of its refugee operation.

  • The WFP is assisting 945,000 refugees in Uganda in 11 settlements and four transit centres in the northwest and southwest regions.

Operational Updates

Refugees

  • WFP is faced with a critical funding shortfall for its refugee operation in Uganda, even as it continues to respond to a mass influx of people fleeing South Sudan. WFP needs USD 52.1 million for the next six months (January to June 2017) to be able to provide life-saving food and nutrition support to an anticipated more than one million refugees in Uganda by May 2017. 65 percent of the new refugees are children.

  • WFP is assisting 945,000 refugees in Uganda in 11 settlements and four transit centres in the northwest and southwest regions, of which 138,000 with cash-based transfers.

  • The majority of the new refugees are being resettled in Palorinya (Moyo District), where WFP is providing daily hot meals and dry rations to support the resettlement of new refugees arriving from South Sudan.

  • As part of its efforts to strengthen its Accountability to Affected Populations, WFP is preparing to introduce a hotline for refugees, to enhance the complaints and feedback mechanism and refugees’ knowledge of their food assistance entitlements.

Single registry

  • Phase 2 of the beneficiary management pilot will commence on the 1 February with the registration of 27,000 HH in the district of Napak.

  • The Napak registration will simultaneously support the roll out of the Government’s NUSAF III program with the registration of its beneficiaries.

Support to Small-Scale Farmers

  • In 2016, WFP through its NGO partners, trained 57,000 smallholder farmers in good agricultural practices, post-harvest handling, financial literacy, nutrition/gender, store management, group dynamics and market linkages. This represented a 95 percent achievement out of the 2016 target.
    WFP’s support is intended to build the capacity of small-scale farmers to access quality grain markets such as WFP.