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WFP Appeals for US$25 Million To Reduce Food Aid Dependence In Karamoja :: Uganda Radionetwork

WFP Appeals for US$25 Million To Reduce Food Aid Dependence In Karamoja

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) needs US$25 million to support a new programme aimed at reducing food aid dependency in hunger stricken northeastern Uganda.

The Karamoja Productive Assets Programme is complimenting its emergency food distribution operation in the region targeting an estimated 300,000 people who are extremely vulnerable.

An estimated 400,000 people who are moderately food insecure are expected to benefit from the programme which will include projects like cultivation of cassava, production of cash crops such as gum Arabic and onions, and the creation of water- harvesting assets including low-technology dams.

In a statement issued on Monday, the food agency stated that the money is needed for the Karamoja Productive Assets Programme, which expected to run until December.

The money will be used for construction of community assets to strengthen livelihoods and reduce dependency on food aid. The participants will in exchange get food or cash for their work.

Karamoja has for decades depended entirely on food aid due to the persistent spells of drought, which have led to massive crop failures.

WFP says that without continued donor support, the need for large-scale general distributions is likely to persist.

The food agency however says that food dependence will have a limited long-term impact in a region where in spite of WFP and partner efforts, acute malnutrition rates have remained above the emergency alert threshold.

The agency said out of the US$25 million, it has so far received donations amounting to US$5.2 million.

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