This project will bring food security to 100 vulnerable families in Uganda's most inhospitable region. The Namalu village in Karamoja is remote and has little capacity to store food so every year when stores run empty, food prices go through the roof and the most vulnerable families go hungry. We purchase maize from local farmers, store it in purpose built silos and distribute it to vulnerable families at low prices. We then re-invest your money to buy more maize to refill the silos every year.
Extreme floods and droughts over successive years have affected crop yields, pushed the price of food up sharply and left thousands of Ugandans in Karamoja critically short of food. Even when the growing season is unaffected by severe weather, the lack of storage means food runs out before the next harvest and prices rise rapidly. When the cost of food increases the most vulnerable families simply can't afford to buy enough food and they go hungry.
This project provides local food storage in the village of Namalu so that when traditional stores of food run short we can sell food to the 100 most vulnerable families at low and affordable prices.
The most exciting thing about this project is its potential for long term impact. When the most vulnerable families in Namalu cannot afford the market price of maize we are able to sell maize at heavily subsidised and affordable prices. The money that is recouped is used to re-fill the silos and the cycle continues to run to benefit 100 vulnerable families every year.