Uganda is moving towards middle-income status by 2040. To achieve inclusive growth, it is essential to address the remaining pockets of vulnerability.
The northeast region of Karamoja has the highest poverty and undernutrition rates in the country, but stresses persist as a result of challenges related to weather, environmental conditions, poor infrastructure, low human development and negative social norms. Country programme 200894 and protracted relief and recovery operation 200852 support households’ transition from reliance on assistance to the development of livelihoods through resilience-building, and contribute to long-term hunger solutions. The scale of WFP’s involvement provides an opportunity to work with the Government and partners to develop sustainable safety net solutions in the region.
Country programme 200894 will be implemented in collaboration with the Government’s health, nutrition and education systems to: i) prevent further stunting and micronutrient deficiencies among children by targeting food assistance to mothers and children in the first 1,000 days of life; ii) provide treatment for individuals with moderate acute malnutrition; and iii) provide school meals to increasing enrolment and attendance. These activities will help to develop the capacities of local administrations and will facilitate extension to other regions of Uganda.
Through the agriculture and market support component, WFP will support 125,000 small-scale farmers in all regions of Uganda to reduce post-harvest losses and improve incomes, leveraging infrastructure and skills previously developed to enhance productivity, quality and market access.
Country programme 200894 is aligned with the National Development Plan (2015/16–2019/20) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2016–2020). The components contribute to Strategic Objective 3 and to the Sustainable Development Goals relating to undernutrition and smallholder productivity. The design incorporates lessons and recommendations from the 2014 country portfolio evaluation and reviews of the current nutrition and agriculture market support programmes.