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Gov’t to table UGX 300Bn supplementary budget for food production

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economics Development is preparing to table a supplementary budget of up to Shillings 300 billion to fund the extensive food growth project with the aim of fighting food insecurity in the country. As a means of eradicating food insecurity, …

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MPs demand seedlings to ward off famine

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | MPs want government to urgently distribute seedlings to avert the famine in the country. Kilak North County MP, Anthony Akol, said that the long dry spell has left Ugandan farmers without seeds, despite the current rainy season. “This month of August is the right time that …

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Luwero maize farmers counting losses over drought

Luwero, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Maize farmers in Luwero district are counting losses following the prolonged drought that has affected their crops. Households in 76 out of 100 parishes in Luwero district are involved in maize growing, according to the Parish Development Model household survey. However, the dry spell has …

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Kenya lowers cost of maize flour amid hunger crisis

Nairobi, Kenya | Xinhua | Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Wednesday his government has reduced the price of maize flour by half, to cushion citizens from acute food insecurity linked to prolonged drought and the skyrocketing cost of fuel. Kenyatta said that a two-kg packet of maize flour would be retailing …

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’Coordinate response to famine-stricken Karamoja’

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The famine in Karamoja continues to raise concern among leaders, and this time, the Speaker Anita Among is calling for a well-coordinated approach to address the calamity that is threatening lives of over 500,000 people. “Let us have this approach to solve the drought in the …

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Tackling the food security question through organic farming

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Food insecurity is increasingly threatening some parts of the country and could lead to severe malnutrition and death, if not tackled urgently. Current reports from the severely hit regions like Karamoja, indicates that more than half a million people are going hungry and have little …

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Karamojong farmers sell off farm equipment as scrap to buy food

Kaabong, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The current food insecurity in Karamoja region has forced farmers to sell off farm equipment, including the recently distributed ox ploughs to scrap dealers so as to buy food. Early this year, the Office of the Prime Minister distributed hand hoes and ox ploughs to …

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Twaweza report warns of sharp rise in cost of living

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The cost of living is increasingly threatening the livelihoods of many Ugandans whose incomes have remained static, a new report by Twaweza has revealed. The cost of living crisis refers to the fall in ‘real’ disposable incomes resulting from high inflation. According to the latest …

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