Hunger in the news

4 March 2009

The accident that claimed her husband in 1997 left her a changed woman. With five children to take care of single-handed, Perry Karamuzi realised she had to put aside self-pity and move on. [...] Karamuzi had a number of Friesian cows but she sold them for school fees and remained with one which she zero-grazes. She gets 15 litres of milk from her heifer. "The benefits in zero-grazing are many," she says. "A farmer who practises zero-grazing will never lack manure for their crops." She also has 10 local breed goats. At Karamuzi's home there is no wastage; she puts everything to use. [...] Because of her hard work, in 1994 the district nominated her as a model farmer and she was chosen to host the World Food Programme celebrations.

3 March 2009

TWO development partners have pledged to support Mrs. Janet Museveni, the wife of the President, in her tasks as state minister for Karamoja affairs. During a meeting with her at State House, Nakasero on Monday, the European Union (EU) ambassador, Vincent De Visscher, congratulated Mrs. Museveni upon her appointment as minister and assured her of EU’s support for Karamoja affairs. [...] In a related development, Mrs. Museveni hosted the World Food Programme (WFP) country director, Stanlake Samkange, at State House, Nakasero. Talks centered on how the WFP could work with the Government in ensuring food security in Karamoja, according to a release from State House. Samkange pledged WFP support to the First Lady to ensure food security in Karamoja.

25 February 2009

Karamoja, a semi-arid region in northeast Uganda, is in crisis: a potent mix of the impact of climate change - 14 droughts in 25 years - border conflicts, armed cattle-raids, and difficult development and sustainability issues are the main features, delegates at a recent conference on Climate Change and Security in Africa learned. The humanitarian impact has meant that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has an ongoing food aid programme in Karamoja for the last 40 years.

24 February 2009

AID agencies are in need of sh150b (about $77m) this year to address the humanitarian needs in the Karamoja region, according to a UN report. The Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (COHA) said sh100b (about $52.6m) would go to food assistance. [...] According to the report, the World Food Programme (WFP) and other aid partners estimate that many people in Karamoja will continue to require food assistance, given the small harvest in 2008.

24 February 2009

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ministry of Education and Sports have launched a packed lunch campaign for Universal Primary Education children in Amuru district. The campaign was launched by the education minister, Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire, at Otwee parish in Amuru sub-county on Monday. She called upon parents to provide packed lunch to children to improve performance in class.

20 February 2009

The UN World Food Program (WFP) in Uganda has expanded its operation from not only providing emergency relief, but supporting mechanisms to fight hunger, the agency's top official in Kampala said on Thursday. Stanlake Samkange, WFP Country Representative, told reporters that the five-year country strategy has already been agreed on with the government and donors, and is now awaiting approval from the agency's board in June this year. He said the strategy which is expected to start in July this year is aligned to the country's new development plan aimed at fighting poverty. The major components of the strategy include emergency humanitarian action, addressing food and nutrition security and agriculture market support. "Our strategy encompasses a range of interventions that seek not only to treat the symptoms of hunger in emergency situations, but also to help in addressing the underlying causes of hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity in Uganda," he said.

18 February 2009

[…] For more than 25 years, Everest Kambuda a resident of Ruhiira Village, Kabuyanda had never realised bumper harvest from his maize gardens because of lack of information on how to increase crop yield production. But having heeded the advice and adaptation of modern farming methods, things have taken a new twist. […] Kambuda is not alone, very many farmers have taken up maize and bean growing in the sub county. This has increased the yields that call for intervention of strategic marketing so that farmers can benefit from their produce without being cheated by middlemen. [Science project coordinator David Siriri] says: “Arrangements are being made with Uganda Commodities Exchange and World Food Programme to see how the farmers can benefit from good prices."

4 February 2009

In the first of a new series of interviews on development, Anne Perkins asks Simon Maxwell, director of the Overseas Development Institute, what he thinks of the Guardian's Katine project.

4 February 2009

More than 970,000 people are at risk of starvation following a severe drought in northeastern Uganda. Humanitarian agencies in the region say that people have resorted to eating wild fruits, leaves, and rodents for survival. The UN World Food Program and the Ugandan government have launched a 64 million U.S. dollar emergency operation to avoid the situation slipping into famine.

25 January 2009

[...] A peace initiative launched in 2006 with LRA commander Joseph Kony brought a de facto cease-fire in Uganda, and there hasn't been an LRA attack here in two years. Emboldened by the security, thousands of families have been going home. Displacement camps that once held 90% of northern Uganda's population today house only a quarter, according to figures from the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. [...] As soon as residents left, government workers tore down their huts, pockmarking the camp with rubble circles. Most aid groups have left. The United Nations' World Food Program has halved its distributions in northern Uganda since 2006, a spokeswoman said. And government soldiers who protected and patrolled the camps are deploying elsewhere. Camp and village children, once dubbed "night commuters," no longer walk each evening into the cities to sleep under armed guard to avoid being abducted. "The change has been dramatic," said Richard Todwong, an advisor to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.