The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is spending more 40 percent of its budget for 2011 in buying food in Uganda.
The officials of WFP say they are utilizing low food prices in Uganda this year to stock food in their reserves.
Uganda has harvested large stocks of maize, beans, sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes in the first quarter 2010 leading to low food prices.
WFP has purchased several tones of food in Uganda worth over $25 million. The Country Director of WFP in Uganda, Stanlake Samkange confirms the development.
In 2009 WFP bought about 120,000 tonnes of maize and beans in Uganda.
WFP supplied food items to over two million people in Uganda in 2009, especially in Northern and Eastern parts of the country. For the last five years running, the WFP has been purchasing the food it supplies to Ugandans from Uganda.