The United States Mission has announced a contribution of $7.9 million toward agriculture and market access activities of the UN World Food Programme (WFP).
The US Agency for International Development (USAID), through the US Government’s Feed the Future initiative, will deliver the funding on behalf of the American people.
The US is the largest funder of WFP’s humanitarian and development programmes. According to a WFP statement, 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.
WFP Country Director Sory Ouane said this contribution would enable WFP 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.