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Food Shortage Hits Pader District

Philip Odong, a farmer in Laguti Sub County attributes the acute food shortage to floods that swept across the district in May and June. He explains that the floods destroyed his two acres of staple cassava gardens including beans.
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More than 9,000 households in Pader District are facing starvation due to food shortage.

The most affected sub-counties include Laguti, Acholibur, Latanya, Atanga, Lapul and Pajule among others.

Philip Odong, a farmer in Laguti Sub County attributes the acute food shortage to floods that swept across the district in May and June. He explains that the floods destroyed his two acres of cassava gardens including beans.

Deogratius Oneka, a farmer in Latanya Sub-County explains that the extreme weather condition in 2018 caused massive crop failures. Oneka notes that the floods caused crops to rot and resulted into poor yields during harvests.

Another farmer, Christine Akello in Acholibur Sub-County is worried that poor planning and cash crops dependence by some households is to blame for the looming food shortages.

Akello anticipates high prices of food and high number of malnutrition cases as a result of food scarcity.

Pader District LC5 Chairperson Largo Oringa says the district has petitioned the Ministry for Northern Uganda and Office of the Prime Minister for relief assistance to the affected families.

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Largo explained that the affected households had planted subsistence and staple food crops such a cassava, groundnuts, sorghum and millet which failed to yield.

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The National Food Security Assessment Report for January 2017, compiled by an Inter-ministerial team, says the number of food-insecure Ugandans may rise beyond 11.4 million in 2018.

The report indicates that the food insecurity that only afflicted 1.3 million people in November 2016 had ravaged 10.9 million people by January 2017, with at least 1.6 million Ugandans already suffering food crisis.

According to the World Food Programme –WFP, Uganda produces more food than it consumes, yet poverty still limits people's access to nutritious food, especially in the east and north of the country.