28 December 2012

Uganda: U.S. Contributes U.S.$7.9 Million to the UN World Food Program's Agriculture and Market Access Programs

The United States is the largest funder of WFP's humanitarian and development programs. Feed the Future seeks to coordinate the resources of partners including the international community, the private sector, civil society, and multilateral institutions such as WFP to address immediate and longer-term impacts of hunger in the most effective way possible.

"By supporting WFP's agriculture and market access programs in Uganda, it will be possible for farmers to realize increased incomes, create jobs by assisting farmers to access markets in a timely manner, and enhance their capacity to negotiate and receive fair prices for their farm products," said U.S. Ambassador Scott DeLisi.

WFP Country Director Sory Ouane said this contribution will enable WFP to support agriculture in Uganda and advance the National Development Plan by building and upgrading warehouses, repairing feeder roads, training smallholder farmer groups in stores management, and providing market information. The support is expected to increase the agricultural incomes of about 154,000 people over two years.

"Investing more in agriculture to achieve higher growth rates is one of the surest ways of effectively reducing poverty in this country," Ouane said. "It addresses the root causes of hunger and food insecurity," he added.

WFP's agriculture and market access program is run in collaboration with the Government of Uganda, commercial banks, the private sector, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Uganda Commodity Exchange, among other entities. WFP invests in market infrastructure, increased productivity, and a warehouse receipts system in order to boost the incomes of smallholder groups and medium-scale traders.

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