Uganda's food aid experiment

Published on 25 January 2011

A sun-scorched plain of arid soil stretches from horizon to horizon - the flat landscape broken only by human figures walking to a remote primary school to collect food. (..) Food aid has been coming here since 1963. In 2009, one million people needed emergency help. This year, it is expected to be 200,000. The World Food Programme (WFP) admits that emergency has now become routine, which is why it is changing its way of tackling the problem. "Just keeping people alive in the same conditions they've been in the past is not good enough," explains Stanlake Samkange, the WFP director for Uganda.

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