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Key Message Update

High staple food prices limit food access in Karamoja

January 2019

January 2019

February - May 2019

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
National Parks/Reserves
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
Concentration of displaced people
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
National Parks/Reserves
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
Concentration of displaced people
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
Concentration of displaced people
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
National Parks/Reserves
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • In Karamoja, declining purchasing power is limiting food access and driving Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes. In bimodal Uganda, slightly below-average second season harvests and early first season agricultural labor opportunities are sustaining Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes among most poor households. Atypical rainfall during the January dry season has benefitted late-planted cereals and vegetables in parts of western and southern Uganda, as well as perennial bananas, tea, coffee, and sugarcane. However, above-average Land Surface Temperatures (LST) have led to deterioration in rangeland resources in eastern Uganda’s cattle corridor districts.

  • Retail staple food prices remain significantly below the five-year and 2017 averages across most of Uganda due to the availability of second season harvests and traders’ release of first season stocks. However, sorghum prices in Karamoja’s Kotido, Kaabong, and Nakapiripirit districts ranged from 19 to 83 percent above the 2017 average in December. In addition, prices were 22 percent above the five-year average in Kaabong. As a result, the terms of trade for sorghum are below both the five-year and 2017 averages in Kotido and Kaabong, restricting access to food for poor households.

  • According to UNHCR, a total of 3,637 persons from the DRC, South Sudan, and Burundi arrived in Uganda in December, driven by fear of post-election violence, conflict and insecurity, or the desire for family reunification. This increased the total number of refugees and asylum seekers hosted by Uganda to 1,190,922 at the end of 2018. WFP expects to maintain current food rations at planned levels through March. Therefore, Stressed! (IPC Phase 2!) outcomes are likely to continue through March, but outcomes would deteriorate to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) in April should funding for humanitarian food assistance not be secured.

About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 34 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.

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