. The Ministry of Agriculture is urging farmers to consider pumping irrigation water to agricultural fields in the far-flung worst-hit areas to deal with the persistent drought that has exacerbated widespread famine in Uganda.
While acknowledging the dire situation, Agriculture Minister Frank Tumwebaze noted with concern that the persistent drought will certainly culminate in widespread hunger in many parts of the country.
Tumwebaze added that the Agriculture Ministry officials have been summoned to State House Entebbe to devise strategies and finance mechanisms that will offer relief to the worst affected areas.
Insecurity, cattle rustling, COVID-19 after shock, rising food prices, climate change and limited resources are some of the factors pushing thousands of Karimojong households into destitution, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis released in Kampala on June 8.
Karamoja is one of the poorest regions in Uganda with a poverty rate of 66% – more than three times the national poverty rate. But this is the first time in three years that all the nine districts of Karamoja; Abim, Amudat, Kaabong, Karenga, Kotido, Moroto, Nabilatuk, Nakapiripit and Napak are at food crisis level or worse.