WFP's SAFE Initiative in Uganda

Posted by: SAFE Administrator

Modified date: 10/18/2017

WFP's SAFE Initiative in Uganda


Technology field of reference: cooking

Relevant sectors: Nutrition , Food security , Environment , Livelihoods

Population type: Host community, Refugee

Category of funders: Not Available

Project Description

Karamoja is a chronically poor and food insecure region located in northeastern Uganda. In the past few years, frequent natural disasters, unpredictable weather and severe environmental degradation have considerably constrained the traditional livelihoods in pastoralism and agro-pastoralism, with charcoal production being the main alternative. Due to high deforestation in the area, a lack of access to firewood is threatening the safety, health, nutrition and livelihoods of vulnerable populations. Firewood collection, traditionally carried out by women and children, is associated with grave protection risks. Chasing and sexual violence against women and girls during collection were commonly reported in Karamoja. Collection typically occurs at least twice a week, but also daily for some women. When wood is scarce, households may skip meals, undercook or sell food to buy or save on firewood, jeopardizing their nutrition. In addition, due to the inhalation of toxic emissions, cooking on open fires exposes women and children to higher risks of respiratory diseases and other health problems. Integrated with WFP’s livelihood programme in the drought-affected Karamoja sub-region, SAFE activities have included: 1. Provision of fuel-efficient mud stoves to households 2. Training sessions for women on cookstove production and energy-saving cooking practices 3. Protection training and sensitization about the linkages between energy-saving stoves and a reduction in the exposure of women to protection-related risks 4. Creation of community tree nurseries for livelihood diversification and increased access to firewood


Starting and ending date

From 01/01/2010 to 01/01/2012

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