A community in Kalapata sub-county in the northeastern Karamoja region receives of WFP emergency relief food. WFP’s emergency operation has this year reached an estimated 275,000 people with life-saving assistance. Copyright: WFP/Matteo Caravani
People line up to receive their rations. Karamoja often needs emergency relief support as the area suffers frequent and severe natural disasters including droughts and floods in part due to climate change.
WFP works with NGOs, who distribute monthly rations according to the size of each family. WFP distributes fortified cooking oil and blended food for children as well as maize and beans bought in Uganda.
The emergency operation targets the most vulnerable households. Some of such households are headed by elderly or chronically ill people whose communities are unable to adequately support them in the lean season.
Families share food in order for each one to get their precise portion. Besides relief and livelihood initiatives, WFP has programmes that address chronic hunger, reaching children until they are 18 years of age.