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Donors launch Shs 140bn nutrition project for Karamoja

Children being served food during the nutrition project launch

Children being served food during the nutrition project launch

Karamoja’s eight districts are set to benefit from a multi-billion nutrition programme aimed at improving a worrying nutrition situation in the region.

The three-year programme worth £28 million [about Shs 140bn] is funded by DFID and implemented by Unicef and World Food Programme (WFP). It will run from 2019 to 2021 and will cover the districts of Abim, Amudat, Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto, Napak, Nakapiripirit and Nabilatuk.

Francesca Stidston, the DFID head of office, launched the initiative last week in Kotido along with WFP country director El-Khidir Daloum and John Byabagambi, the minister for Karamoja Affairs.

Stidston says 87 per cent of the children in Karamoja are not fed with the right diet while more than 45 per cent of households in the sub-region have limited access to food.

Such worrying figures, she says, necessitated their intervention to save more lives, prevent the vulnerability of women and children and improve the development and productivity of children, among others.

However, the local leadership warns that the nutrition program may fail if stakeholders fail to inter-link it to the Karimojong tradition of cattle-keeping.

“In a situation where we are talking about nutrition, we must also think of stabilizing the cattle of this region because Karimojong and cattle are one,” says Peter Lokii Abraham, the Kotido municipality MP.

He calls for the restocking of cattle in Karamoja because many families were affected by the previous drought, animal disease and insecurity in the region. The program is expected to support at least 100,000 children aged under five years with a community-based supplementary feeding program.

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0 #1 Akot 2018-12-05 19:50
This is part of Uganda so rich in natural resources (gold, tantalite, marble, silica sand..., but the people are starving & need donations!

But then again, Uganda natural riches do not belong to Ugandans as they are conquered peple with no authority, no say over their land riches!
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0 #2 rubangakene 2018-12-06 23:23
The Karamoja issue shouldn't have been a recurring one if our leaders had enough insight to sit down and hammer out a way to solve the problem with a long-term master plan; these things can be done if there is a will.

A leaf should be borrowed from Tanzania how they solved the Masaai issue. all the money that has been funnelled into Karamoja has failed to alleviate their suffering.

I challenge Uganda universities researchers to draw up this plan using their expertise in agriculture for over many decades! So professors, stand up and be counted in history for such a feat!
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