Key Message Update

Karamoja continues to face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity

November 2015
2015-Q4-1-1-UG-en

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
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
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 bimodal areas, average to above-average seasonal rainfall since mid-October has reduced early season moisture deficits. Planting and weeding are ongoing, and the November to January second season harvests are projected to be average to above average. Poor households currently face Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity as a result of typical incomes from casual labor opportunities and the availability of food stocks from the first season harvest. 

  • In Karamoja, atypically heavy rainfall (200 percent of normal) in November has significantly improved pasture and water availability. As a result, livestock body conditions have improved slightly from October and households are harvesting a range of vegetables. However, with the depletion of food stocks by December, the majority of poor households continue to face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity, and some households in Moroto, Napak, Nakapiripirit, and Kotido districts are in Crisis (IPC Phase 3).

  • Atypically heavy rainfall in November associated with El Niño resulted in flooding, which has caused damage to assets and infrastructure, including roads in Muyembe, Kapchorwa, Soroti, Mubende, Kiboga, Moyo, Kanungu, Rukungiri, Hamurwa, and Ikumba. The Office of the Prime Minister, Department of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Management estimates that 100,000 people remain at risk of landslides in the Mt. Elgon and Rwenzori sub-regions.

     For more detailed analysis, see the Food Security Outlook for October. 

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 approximately 30 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, USGS, and CHC-UCSB, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica.
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