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Korea contributes US$2 million to WFP vegetable project

A woman holds some of the produce from her Karamoja market garden.

Copyright: WFP/Matteo Caravani

In support of efforts to make the Karamoja region more resilient, the Korea government has donated US$2 million toward a WFP asset-creation programme. It is Korea's first local donation to a UN body in Uganda through its international development agency, KOICA.

KAMPALA–The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) today announced a contribution of US$2 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in support of enhanced nutrition and higher household incomes in the Karamoja region.

“I am very pleased that Korea is taking part in an important programme to assist the Karamoja region through KOICA”, says Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Uganda, Charge d’affaires Park Jongdae.“I am convinced that the donation will help WFP’s efforts to bring about sustainability while reducing food insecurity in the region.”

Kang Younhwa, the Resident Representative of KOICA Uganda, says the KOICA assistance will help sustain vulnerable families in Karamoja and contribute to reducing the risks associated with economic migration.

“WFP is grateful for KOICA’s generous contribution, which is its first ever to WFP in Uganda,” says WFP Country Director Sory Ouane. “The funds will enable us to do more in support of Government efforts toward making Karamoja communities more resilient.”

The KOICA funds will help provide 12,000 food-insecure people with training as well as inputs for production and marketing of vegetables, mostly cow peas, eggplant and cabbage. The project will run for 18 months.

The project will be implemented through the Karamoja Integrated Development Programme, which seeks to improve human security and promote conditions for recovery and development. It will involve close liaison between WFP and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization as well as with Korean experts and local authorities in Karamoja.

WFP has been supporting income generation activities in Karamoja since 2010. Demand among communities for this type of support is strong especially with vegetables. Vegetables fetch high prices on local markets, generating income for producers as well as enhancing food security.