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FAO needs sh390b for Uganda

By Vision Reporter

Added 21st March 2010 03:00 AM

THE Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) needs a total of $197m (about sh394b) for humanitarian programmes in Uganda this year.

By Conan Businge

THE Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) needs a total of $197m (about sh394b) for humanitarian programmes in Uganda this year.

FAO and its partners plan to assist 150,000 households in Karamoja with livestock vaccinations and provision of drought-tolerant crop varieties.

According to FAO’s monthly information bulletin, the funds will also be used to improve food storage facilities and sensitisation on climate change adaptation measures.

The organisation also supports agricultural development in other parts of the country. In Kisoro district, FAO wants to address constraints in the production of irish potatoes and milk.

FAO’s spending in Uganda has increased from $3m in 2005 to $12m in 2009.
In Teso and Acholi sub-regions, it aims at assisting 26,000 people to resettle in the villages.

The people will get help in vaccination campaigns, accessing drought-tolerant and early maturing crop varieties, increase land opening and improve food storage facilities.
The organisation also plans to kick-start food production and assist households to reduce their dependency on food aid.

This, according to FAO, will be through training of 120,000 households in Acholi and through 200 farmer field schools groups in Teso.

Meanwhile, FAO has developed a strategic cooperation with the Government of Uganda for the next five years.
The framework sets activities to promote Uganda’s agriculture, fisheries, forestry, natural resources and rural development.

The triple effects of the financial, food and climate change crises make it impossible for nations and households to attain food security, the organisation states.

The FAO food price index rose on average by 52% from mid 2007 to mid 2008. In Uganda, food prices have increased by between 25% and 55% during the same period, while the number of hungry people increased from 12 million in 1992 to almost 18 million in 2007.

FAO needs sh390b for Uganda

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