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Inclusive food security in northern Uganda

The Lamwo district in northern Uganda is one of the poorest in the country. Nevertheless, the people take in refugees from neighbouring countries. Together with our partner organization UCOBAC, we support the host communities and the refugees.

Securing food and creating prospects: Our goal is to strengthen women and children in particular. (Photo: AWO International)Securing food and creating prospects: Our goal is to strengthen women and children in particular. (Photo: AWO International)

The Lamwo district in northern Uganda is one of the regions where the effects of civil war are particularly visible. The war between the Lord's Resistance Army and UPDF lasted 20 years and severely destroyed the entire social and economic infrastructure. When the people returned to their villages in 2006, their homes were destroyed and their fields destroyed.  Uncontrolled reconstruction is leading to increasing deforestation and environmental degradation.

About 80 percent of the inhabitants of the Lamwo district in northern Uganda live below the poverty line.  Although the people themselves hardly have enough to live on, they take in fugitives from Southern Sudan. A situation that many people here are familiar with: Many even had to leave their homes during the civil war in Uganda.

Securing nutrition and creating perspectives

Together with our partner organisation UCOBAC, we are carrying out an aid project in the Lamwo district. "We want to contribute to securing nutrition in the communities and improving the living conditions of the refugees and the host communities - especially of women and children. We want to achieve this through modern and ecological agricultural methods and diversification of cultivation," reports Loretta Owino, who coordinates the project locally. The people also receive chickens and goats and are supported in setting up savings and credit associations.

The introduction of energy-saving clay ovens and tree plantations helps to protect the environment. "It is important for us to strengthen the resistance of the communities to climate change and to contribute to the protection of the environment," says Loretta Owino. In addition to climate and nutrition, sexual and reproductive health also plays a role. In addition, we combat all forms of sexual and gender-based violence with information campaigns. A total of 2000 people will benefit from the aid measures. Women in particular will be strengthened within the framework of the project.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the AWO, we are expanding our commitment in Africa with a total of five new projects in Uganda. Help us to improve the nutritional situation of the people and to give them a perspective - with your donation!

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