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Uganda Increases Food Supply to WFP

World Food Programme Country director El Khidir Daloum says the agency intends to buy Grade One Maize grains for feeding the 1.3 Million refugees settled in Uganda. He says they hope to achieve the quota in the second season after erratic rains disorganized the first planting season in most parts of the country.
WFP Uganda Country Director El Khidir Daloum

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Uganda’s food volume supplied to the World Food Programme is set to rise by two million kilograms this year.           

The agency has set its domestic food procurement quota for the year at 200,000 metric tons, up from 198,000 metric tons it procured from smallholder farmer cooperatives last year.   

   

World Food Programme Country director El Khidir Daloum says the agency intends to buy Grade One Maize grains for feeding the 1.3 Million refugees settled in Uganda. He says they hope to achieve the quota in the second season after erratic rains disorganized the first planting season in most parts of the country.    

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Daloum says Last year’s procurement injected USD 60 Million (222 Billion shillings) to the country’s economy. He says they aim to buy 10 percent of their total food volume directly from small holder farmers associations in order to develop their capacities to produce more grains. 

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According to Daloum, the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) partnered with the agency to construct 12 additional bulking centres for smallholder farmers at 1 Million US dollars last year.  

“We are using those warehouses to develop the smallholder farmers supply chain in Uganda. And we hope that in the near future, the farmers can be able to supply us more Grade One Maize grains” Daloum told URN.    

The agency hopes working directly with smallholder farmers will eliminate the exploitation of farmers by middlemen in the supply chain.