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Staple food prices atypically increase in Karamoja

  • Key Message Update
  • Uganda
  • July 2016
Staple food prices atypically increase in Karamoja

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    • In Karamoja, a recent field visit found that most early-planted crops have been stunted by the atypically long May to June dry spell. This will result in below-average August harvests in many areas. Food security is not expected to improve until September when late-planted crops, which are developing more favorably, are harvested. Very poor households in Napak, Moroto, and Kaabong are expected to remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) through August. 

    • In bimodal areas of Uganda, some staple crops have wilted as a result of the atypically long dry spell. Despite crop losses in southwestern and central regions, poor households are expected to gain sufficient income from the normal harvest of cash crops and meet food and non-food needs. In parts of Teso and Acholi Regions, where there was significant crop damage and perennial cash crops are not cultivated, many poor households have depleted personal stocks and are Stressed (IPC Phase 2). 

    • Prices are atypically increasing in Karamoja as a result of the delayed arrival of green harvests and below-average harvests in neighboring bimodal areas that supply the region. Between May and June, the price of maize increased between 7 and 32 percent across markets while the price of sorghum increased between 12 and 58 percent. Over the same time period, goat/sheep prices declined between 14 and 25 percent, further reducing household purchasing capacity. 

    • Seasonal forecasts and a high likelihood of a La Niña event occurring throughout the second rainy season are expected to drive below-average rainfall from October to December. This is likely to reduce agricultural labor opportunities and December/January harvest prospects.

    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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