Uganda: Lessons from the 'Wild East'

Published on 22 November 2010

The World Food Programme's experience is a particularly salutary one. The organisation has been active in Karamoja for four decades and by 2008, in the third year of a drought, was feeding 80% of the population. However, the huge operation was chaotic. The lists of recipients included non-existent "ghost names", distributions were mobbed, and even when the Karamojong received their rations, they risked being robbed on the way home. "In a way, food distribution made some of the beneficiaries targets," admitted Gilbert Buzu, the WFP's head of office in Kotido.

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