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February 21, 2014
Food Security Situation
The humanitarian situation in Sudan has deteriorated over the past year with over four million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Conflict in Darfur, Blue Nile, South Kordofan, and Abyei has resulted in forced displacements, limited humanitarian access, and increased food insecurity. An estimated 2.2 million people face Stressed (IPC 2) and Crisis (IPC 3) level of food insecurity. The size of the food insecure population is likely to increase to four million with the early onset of the lean season in March/April.
Food insecurity in Sudan is attributed to massive conflict-generated displacements, loss of assets, limited access to agricultural land, lack of cultivation in the last agricultural season, and a lack of income-generating activities.
- Notably, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) reports that cereal production (sorghum, millet, and wheat) for the 2013/2014 season is estimated at 2.85 million metric tons, which represents 65-70 percent of the five-year average, and 45-50 percent of last year’s good harvest.
Food Assistance Programs
The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) now targets over 2.2 million food-insecure Sudanese in Darfur, Blue Nile, South Kordofan, and Abyei as well as South Sudanese residing in Sudan.
FFP partners with international agencies including the UN World Food Program (WFP) to provide assistance to internally displaced persons, refugees, returnees’ host communities, and conflict-affected populations. The goals are to save lives, reduce seasonal food insecurity, stabilize nutrition rates, and restore the livelihoods of vulnerable populations. Assistance includes in-kind food from the U.S., local and regional purchase of food, and cash transfers.
Food for Peace Contributions
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Fiscal Year 2014||$76.9 million||73,910 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2013||$186.6 million||162,541 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2012||$175.4 million||150,072 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2011+||$209.1 million||189,140 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2010++||$308.2 million||322,130 MT|
FIscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown:
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Title II Development||----||----|
|Title II Emergency||$76.9 million||73,910 MT|
|Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP)||----||----|
Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET, WFP and OFDA as of July 2013
+FY11 includes contributions made to South Sudan before July 9, 2011.
++FY08-FY10 figures reflect distributions to South Sudan and Sudan
Last updated: February 24, 2014