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FAO’s emergency response to the refugee crisis in Uganda

FAO’s emergency response to the refugee crisis in Uganda

Full title of the project:

FAO’s emergency response to the refugee crisis in Uganda

Target areas:

Arua, Lamwo and Yumbe districts

USD 758 294
Project code:

To contribute to the enhancement of food and nutrition security by restoring productive capacity through life-saving emergency agricultural livelihood interventions.

Key partners:

The Office of the Prime Minister, the District Local Government/Production Department, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Inter-Agency Livelihoods Sector.

Beneficiaries reached:

28 993 refugee and host families

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 4.2 tonnes of nutritious and short cycle crops (cowpea, eggplant, kale and okra) to 19 993 refugee families.
  • Distributed 112 tonnes of staple seeds (beans and maize) to 9 000 host families, for both seed multiplication and consumption.
  • Distributed of 4 000 hand hoes to refugee and host families.
  • Distributed 1 000 energy saving cooking stoves to 1 000 persons with special needs (PSN) households.
  • Conducted a post distribution assessment to determine the effects of the project on food security and nutrition.
  • Improved the resilience and the food security of refugee and host families through the distribution of inputs, allowing them to restore their livelihood, diversify their diets and generate an income.
  • Increased household dietary diversity from 6.6 to 6.8 and the percentage of refugee and host families with acceptable food consumption from 25.3 to 57 percent.
  • Allowed beneficiary households to improve the number of months where they have access to adequate food to 1.3 month and increased the percentage of food consumption from their own production from 18 to 44.2 percent.
  • Contributed to the reduction of environmental pressure by decreasing the need for wood and charcoal, through the distribution of energy efficient cooking stoves.
  • Reduced physical labour, mainly for women, to enhance protection of women and children who are particularly vulnerable while trekking long distances in search of fuel wood.