Statement By WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, On Recurrent Drought In Uganda

Published on 29 September 2009

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is concerned about the succession of poor rainy seasons in Uganda which have left more than two million people in need of urgent food assistance.

In the northeastern province of Karamoja, the situation is so severe that we have worked with the government to expand our operations to reach more than 1.1 million people - over 90 percent of the population - with life-saving food rations.

People suffering from recurrent spikes of acute malnutrition and underlying chronic hunger cannot afford to have us turn our backs on them now.

Yet due to insufficient funding, WFP may be forced to reduce rations in some of our vital food assistance programmes in Uganda – as we did in April.  US$66 million is needed for us to continue our Karamoja operation over the next six months without disruption.