The World Food Programme has spent a total of $147m in the last three years on purchasing food rations in Uganda.
Last year, the UN agency announced Uganda as a major hub for purchasing food.
Mr. El-Khidir Daloum, WFP Country Director said of the 198,000 metric tonnes they bought last year, only a small percentage was bought from small-holder farmer groups. The rest was bought from local traders. He said they have the capacity to buy more from Uganda, adding that farmers should improve on their post-harvest handling.
He called for improved coordination to ensure small scale farmers get all the support they need from the various actors in Agriculture.
The Ugandan Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry of Fisheries, Mr. Vincent Ssempijja commended WFP for buying 198,000 metric tons of food in Uganda, valued at US$55 million in 2018. This brings the total amount of food that WFP bought in Uganda in last three years to more than 425,000 metric tons worth US$147 million.