Uganda: Weaning Karamoja off food aid

by IRIN News

The Karimojong are moving away from nomadic ways of life and adopting agro-pastoralism. The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which has provided food aid to the arid northeastern Uganda region for over 40 years, has significantly scaled back and changed the dynamics of its Karamoja operations. These now support 150,000 people in extremely vulnerable households, down from one million in 2009. Photo: Jane Some/IRIN (file photo)

Uganda’s arid northeastern Karamoja region has been dependent on food aid for decades, but new programmes by the government and its partners aim to bring an end to the cycle of relief and see the traditionally nomadic Karimojong become more self-sufficient through more settled livelihoods.