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Agriculture and Food Security

Young farmers use a donkey plow
Sudanese farmers in Debab, South Kordofan, are trained on using donkey plows to increase productivity with support from USAID.
AECOM International Sudan


Chronic food insecurity in Sudan threatens lives, livelihoods and stability. Due to prolonged conflict, environmental deterioration, trade restrictions and other natural and man-made disasters such as drought and floods, many of Sudan’s people are at risk of food insecurity.

USAID ‘s Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) provides timely food security information for Sudan and other countries that allows donors to monitor emerging crises and respond to needs early.. As part of the early warning system, FEWS NET identifies populations affected by food insecurity and describes the underlying factors in regular quarterly forecasts and occasional alerts that highlight immediate concerns.

USAID also supports activities that strengthen the abilities of Sudanese organizations to recognize and manage food insecurity threats. In 2011, FEWS NET helped to define national livelihood zones, which are important in analyses and presentations of food security. In 2012, FEWS NET will take responsibility for Sudan’s Food and Agriculture Market Information System, which collects key information on major agricultural commodities, trade and investment opportunities in Sudan.

Last updated: August 22, 2014

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