In a recent paper published in Natural Hazards, Department of Geographical science’s Catherine Nakalembe presents in a proof-of-concept frame, a method to estimate the number of people needing food assistance and the population likely to fall under the integrated food security phase classification (IPC) Phase 3 (crisis) due to drought severity in Karamoja, Uganda. The model indicates that 90.7% of the variation in the number of people needing aid can be explained by NDVI data. This study also highlights the need for continued detailed assessment of drought to minimize over generalization and misleading information. Assessments that lack empirical backing have to be used with extreme caution in decision-making.

Workers standing amongst their corn fields