23 June 2009
The frail looking 45-year-old Lochoro is one of the Karimojong pastoralists who have given up their nomadic way of life for crop farming. There are over 1,500 farmer groups, comprising 500,000 people out of the 1.13million people in Karamoja. (..) "I became sick due to hunger and lost another child," he says. According to the World Food Programme, by September 2008, drought had caused over 70% crop losses. The region was since declared food insecure.
22 June 2009
Food shortages in parts of Uganda are approaching crisis level after subsistence farmers sold their produce for cash, officials said on 18 June. (..) The UN World Food Programme country director, Stanlake Samkange, said shortages that were envisaged only in Karamoja region were also recurring in the IDP areas of the north as people returning to their homes had experienced crop failure.
17 June 2009
Food shortage has hit the Teso sub-region and other parts of eastern and northern Uganda, the area MPs have said. (..) Currently, Karamoja region with over one million people takes the largest relief food aid from the World Food Programme.
15 June 2009
In 1906, Mount Speke, one the highest peaks of Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains was covered with 217 hectares (536 acres) of ice, according to the Climate Change Unit at Uganda's ministry of water and environment. (..) "For the Karimojong it is not a question of choice," Stanlake Samkange, Uganda director for the World Food Programme, which launched a massive food distribution in January. "Some practices that were sustainable in the past are just no longer sustainable because the climate is changing."
8 May 2009
Leaders in the Acholi sub-region have appealed to the World Food Programme (WFP) to review its recent decision not to supply food relief to former internally displaced persons in northern Uganda. (..) Amuru Resident District Commissioner Edwin Yakobo Komakech said the WFP country director, referring to the organisation’s recent report, made it clear that there was no money to buy food for returning IDPs. He warned of a looming danger if no quick action is taken.
8 May 2009
Uganda is facing a countrywide food shortage following the long dry spell in most parts of the country, an official said here on Friday. (..) The government and the World Food Programme are currently distributing emergency relief food to the worst-hit districts in Karamoja.
6 May 2009
Uganda’s military says it is investigating Belgian citizens suspected of supplying food and military aid to Ugandan rebels now in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC. (...) In the northern Uganda, meanwhile, officials from the United Nations World Food Programme, WFP, say they will halt the delivery of food aid to the north’s remaining internal refugee camps by July. The move could affect around 609,000 displaced people who are said to be occupying or living near the region’s internal refugee camps. From the mid 1990s to 2006, nearly two million northern Ugandan were forced to live in 200 camps and were supplied by the WFP.
29 April 2009
Whole Foods Market has launched an online video, inviting moms to nominate their favorite products. Viewers can view the video on YouTube or at the company's website, and post their comments until May 6, when moms at the Austin, Texas-based retailer will select a winner. Prizes include a $100 gift card, plus a Feed 100 Reusable Shopping Bag. (Proceeds from sales of the bag, which normally retails for $29.99, helps provide 100 meals to hungry school-age children in Rwanda, through the United Nation World Food Program's School Feeding Program.)
28 April 2009
The World Food Programme (WFP) denies a report in The New Vision of April 20 suggesting that WFP food assistance stopped by the authorities in Yambio, southern Sudan, was destined for the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). A total of 103 metric tons of food aboard 13 WFP-contracted trucks was dispatched by the WFP from Kampala to Doruma in northeastern DR Congo where it was to be handed over to our partner NGO Caritas and distributed to thousands of people displaced by fighting and attacks by the LRA.
22 April 2009
The region, for decades, has relied on food handouts from the World Food Programme and this year alone, the UN agency has to feed 970,000 Karimojong for over ten months. The area, among other problems, faces droughts and in 2008 there was 70 percent crop failure which explains the persistent famine. Latrine coverage in Karamoja is at 4 percent and the maternal mortality rates are 750 per 100,000. Only one out of every ten Karimojong can read and write with literacy rate at 11 percent, the lowest in the country. Child mortality rate under age of five is 174 per 1,000.
- Analysis: From emergency aid to early recovery in northern Uganda Source: IRIN
- Guns and hunger : How Karamoja escaped the Horn of Africa drought Source: The East African
- Uganda Leader Pledges Higher Food Production Source: The Wall Street Journal
- Hunger: harder times predicted for Uganda Source: The Observer (Uganda)
- Increased food prices: 8m Ugandans sleeping hungry Source: New Vision