Uganda - Karamoja: WFP & UNICEF Food Security and Nutrition Assessment, June 2014

In summary, the main causes of household food insecurity across the region can be attributed to a reduced access to food (in particular non-staples), a result of (1) lack of sufficient livelihood and income generating options at the household level (2) high food prices which are a result of supply – demand imbalances which is further exacerbated by the lack of sufficient food being produced (availability) in the area. The above factors naturally result in inadequate food consumption and poor dietary diversity for large sections of the population. Poor nutritional status amongst children is a result of (a) a combination of high incidence of fever, malaria, diarrhoea, poor sanitation facilities, lack of Vitamin A supplementation and (b) poor dietary diversity (rather than a lack of food per se).

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