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Food assistance to vulnerable households in Uganda

Countries: Uganda | Operations ID: 200852 | Operations type: Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO)

This operation has been modified as per budget revision 2 (see below). 

Protracted relief and recovery operation 200852 will focus on: i) refugees; and ii) severely food-insecure populations in the north-eastern Karamoja region. Uganda hosts 430,000 refugees, the third-largest refugee population in Africa, most of whom require food and nutrition assistance on an ongoing basis.

In north-eastern Karamoja, poverty, food insecurity and low human development persist, but improved security and targeted government programmes provide an opportunity for WFP to enhance local communities’ resilience and response to seasonal shocks and stresses. Food and nutrition assistance is required seasonally in this region.

In both populations, women and households headed by women are disproportionately affected by poverty, food insecurity and chronic stresses. The majority of arriving refugees and asylum-seekers are women and children.

The operation will address food insecurity and malnutrition and will help to enhance the Government’s emergency preparedness through capacity development, contributing to Strategic Objectives 1, 2 and 3 and two of the results of the draft Country Strategic Plan: i) refugees and vulnerable Karamojong have access to food to meet immediate needs and enable participation in programmes to increase their self-reliance (Strategic Objectives 1 and 2); and ii) the Government and vulnerable communities in Karamoja have reliable safety net systems that increase resilience to shocks and support human development trends (Strategic Objective 3).

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This BR 2 to Uganda PRRO 200852 increases the budget to respond to an increase in the number of refugees arriving in Uganda since the latest outbreak of conflict in South Sudan in July 2016. In particular, it accommodates the following: 1) an addition of 75,000 refugees from South Sudan requiring assistance in Uganda during the six month period between October 2016 and March 2017; 2) an expansion of cash-based transfers (CBT) during this period to increase the number of beneficiaries receiving cash from the current 80,000 to 200,000; 3) a related increase in the costs of equipping approximately 24,000 new households (representing 120,000 beneficiaries) to receive cash transfers.The overall PRRO beneficiaries will increase to 1,086,350 and the overall budget from USD 276.2 million to USD 290.4 million..