A rapid crop and food security assessment conducted by WFP, FAO and the Government of Uganda in August 2013 indicated that as a result of a dry spell from mid-May to mid-July, substantially less acreage of sorghum and finger millet were planted in the northern districts of Karamoja (Kotido, Abim and Kaabong). The dry spell generally led to below normal crop performance.
The current food insecurity situation is Crisis (IPC phase 3) for about 103,400 people and another 247,800 people are under Stress (IPC phase 2).
Vulnerability in Karamoja is projected to increase for the February-August 2014 lean season. Prior to the dry spell, global acute malnutrition (GAM) levels were already elevated in Karamoja: a WFP/UNICEF May 2013 assessment reported that GAM levels stood above 10% (serious) in all districts except Abim.
Both the headline and food price inflation were quite volatile, with the latter ranging from 0.4% month-on-month in July to 7.6% in August and again back to 3.4% in September.
Substantial rises were reported for beans (+22%), where shortage is reportedly caused by high regional demand and increased exports to South Sudan and Kenya.