US GOVERNMENT TO IMPROVE FOOD SECURITY IN KARAMOJA
By www.mknewslink.com reporter
The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced the launch of two new five-year activities, totaling $75 million USD, to improve food and nutrition security and to strengthen resilience of over 665,000 people in the Karamoja sub-region.
Karamoja is the most nutritionally vulnerable region in Uganda and the third most vulnerable to stunting in East Africa. Despite relative peace in the region after decades of conflict and instability, high levels of poverty as well as food and nutrition insecurity remain a significant barrier to development.
According to Ms Dorothy Nanyonga; the Information Assistant U.S. Mission Uganda the activities will focus on improving health and nutrition, on and off-farm livelihoods, local governance and civil society, and water, sanitation and hygiene conditions. Both activities will strategically invest in the region’s future: youth and adolescents.
Nanyonga adds that Catholic Relief Services and it’s partners will implement the Nu yok Activity (a Nga’karimojong word meaning “it is ours”) in the western districts of Abim, Nakapiripirit and Napak. Mercy Corps and partners will implement the Apolou Activity (meaning “growth” or “it is growing” in Nga’karimojong) in the eastern districts of Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto and Amudat.
Source: www.mknewslink.com; a western Uganda news website.