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FAO leader meets Uganda’s President

Graziano da Silva and Yoweri Museveni hold talks in Entebbe, discuss refugee response
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José Graziano da Silva meeting Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni

31 August 2017, Entebbe – José Graziano da Silva today met Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni for bilateral talks on joint cooperation including the response to the growing number of refugees fleeing war in South Sudan. 

Uganda is host to the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world. Since July last year, more than one million South Sudanese refugees have crossed into Uganda.

Graziano da Silva commended Museveni for the laudable policy that Uganda has adopted to accommodate refugees, and said it was a model other countries could learn from. "Uganda is giving not only food and land but hope,” he said.   

The refugees are predominantly women and young people and come from farming or livestock herding communities. Refugees are integrated into host communities and given land and the right to work.

President Museveni addressed the issue of ensuring the refugee response is sustainable, given the sheer volume of new arrivals. He said that enterprise such as in crafts or the textile industry would be a valuable way to encourage refugees’ self-reliance.

The meeting took place at the end of a 2-day visit to Uganda during which Graziano da Silva visited refugee communities living in settlements in the country’s north, and met with other partners including donor organizations.