KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- A
shift by the UN’s food aid agency to provide cash to refugees to purchase food
locally is empowering communities in rural Uganda where refugee settlements are
located, a new report has showed.
The UN World
Food Programme (WFP) study carried out by researchers from University of
California, Davis showed that each cash-receiving refugee household adds up to
1,100 U.S. dollars to the local economy annually. In-kind food receiving
household adds 850 dollars.
dubbed “Economic Impact of Refugees Settlement in Uganda” also showed that the
land that government gives one refugee household generates up to 220 dollars
annually for the local economy.
“Now we can
say with confidence that when the government provides land to refugees, and WFP
provides cash, incomes multiply and spread economic benefits to both the
refugees and the Ugandan communities that have welcomed them,” said Cheryl
Harrison, WFP Deputy Country Director.
She said the
impact will be higher next year as the number of cash beneficiaries will be
increased from the current 65,000 to 200,000 people.
Taylor, the lead researcher, said the cash transfer and local purchase from the
host communities has multiplier effects like stimulating agricultural growth.
globally acclaimed as having one of the best refugee policies that can be a
model to the rest of the world regarding the management of displaced people.
hosts about 800,000 refugees from neighboring countries, making it the
eighth-largest refugee hosting country in the world.
arrive in the country, they are transferred to a refugee settlement from where
he or she will be given a piece of land to cultivate on.