Uganda: FAO supporting small-scale farmers, refugees with inputs (The Observer)

| September 5, 2016

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South Sudanese refugees in Uganda have received farm inputs, including seeds, from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to boost food production in the districts of Kiryandongo, Adjumani, and Arua. Uganda has been overwhelmed with refugees from South Sudan, accepting 30,000 in July.

The inputs also include local goats, boer bucks, grinding mills, seeds for staple crops and vegetables, and planting materials for cassava and sweet potato. The inputs were distributed to more than 24,000 refugees and 10,000 members of the host communities.

Garang Gutti is a 77-year-old refugee who arrived at the Kiryandongo settlement in 2015, following clashes in South Sudan. He said, “I am very happy to see that, despite our situation as refugees, we are still able to own goats. I will ensure the animals are fed well so that we can get milk from them soon.”

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