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Land preparation and planting ongoing with early start of first season rains

  • Key Message Update
  • Uganda
  • March 2018
Land preparation and planting ongoing with early start of first season rains

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Heavy rainfall in late February marked an early start to the March to May first rainy season in bimodal areas and April to September main rainy season in Karamoja. In March, rainfall totals have been above average countrywide. Farmers in bimodal areas are preparing land and planting, though planting has not yet been reported in Karamoja. Above-average rainfall has also supported pasture and water restoration earlier than usual, and livestock body conditions and productivity are improving. Average to above-average crop production is still expected in May/June.

    • Despite seasonal staple food price increases, prices are below last year, and near or slightly above the five-year average. Most poor households are consuming recently harvested vegetables and earning incomes from agricultural labor opportunities, supporting average market purchases. Minimal (IPC Phase 1) persist throughout most of Uganda. In Karamoja, Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes exist during the ongoing lean season, though the availability of vegetables and favorable firewood-to-sorghum terms of trade are improving food security for some households.  

    • An estimated 14,000 people from South Sudan and 59,000 from DRC have sought refuge in Uganda in 2018. Though the daily arrival rate of South Sudanese refugees was near 100 people in January, it reached 250 people per day between February 26th and March 8th. In mid-February a cholera outbreak was reported in western Uganda, primarily among refugees from DRC, and 1,747 cases and 36 deaths have been reported as of March 22. The number of new cases continues to decline, though, with interventions to improve sanitation and hygiene. Humanitarian assistance is planned and funded through mid-2018 and most refugees will likely remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2!). In the absence of humanitarian assistance, Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes would be likely.

    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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