Uganda’s Karamoja Faces Drought Emergency

February 9, 2016 • Daily Email Recap

Uganda’s Karamoja Faces Drought Emergency

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Kampala – At least 640,000 people in Uganda’s northeastern Karamoja region – more than half its population – are facing food shortages as a result of a drought-affected harvest.

Scaled-up food assistance for the semi-arid region will be needed in 31 out of 52 sub-counties over the next three months, according to a recent joint government and UN World Food Programme report highlighting conditions.
These households were “found to be heavily dependent on WFP assistance and coping by migrating to the green belts of the region, felling trees for firewood/charcoal and reducing the number of times and amounts of food eaten in a day,” it said.

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