- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has raised concerns about the succession of poor rainy seasons in Uganda which have left more than two million people in need of urgent food assistance.
In a statement today, the WFP reported that in the northeastern province of Karamoja, the situation is so severe that the agency had worked with the government to expand operations to reach more than 1.1 million people - over 90 percent of the population - with life-saving food rations.
"People suffering from recurrent spikes of acute malnutrition and underlying chronic hunger cannot afford to have us turn our backs on them now. Yet due to insufficient funding, WFP may be forced to reduce rations in some of our vital food assistance programmes in Uganda – as we did in April," said the WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran in a statement today.
She added that a US$66 million is needed for the agency to continue the Karamoja operation over the next six months without disruption.
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