New Vision (Kampala)

12 March 2009

Uganda: WFP Phases Out Food Aid to IDPs

Kampala — THE World Food Programme (WFP) has stopped food aid to about 214,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Uganda.

"Since January, the programme phased out food aid for about 66,000 IDPs in Pader district, more than 58,000 others in Amuru district, about 60,000 in Kitgum and another 27,000 in Gulu district," the country director, Stanlake Samkange, said.

He said the move was taken after consultation with humanitarian partners and district leaders.

Samkange said according to assessments conducted in 2008, security had improved in the area and IDPs had access to farming land.

"Malnutrition has decreased and is now below 10%," he said.

Samkange added that WFP would continue to monitor the food situation to avoid a relapse.

"At the same time, we will support IDPs with recovery initiatives like cash and vouchers, to help them rebuild their livelihood," he said.

Since 2008, WFP has been supporting about 940,000 IDPs in areas affected by the LRA war.

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