Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Sudan

October 6, 2014

Food Security Situation

Map of Sudan
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  • Between April and July 2014, heavy rains and flooding worsened the humanitarian situation, with the total food insecure population reaching approximately 5.3 million people. Ongoing conflict in Darfur, Blue Nile, South Kordofan, and has resulted in forced displacements, limited humanitarian access, and increased food insecurity. 

  • Food insecurity in Sudan is attributed to conflict-generated displacements, resultant loss of assets, limited access to agricultural land, reduced cultivation during the current as well as the last agricultural season, and limited income-generating activities. High staple food prices and the influx of more than 98,000 refugees from South Sudan since the conflict erupted there in December 2013 are additional drivers of food insecurity.

  • While the start of the harvest in November is expected to improve access to food throughout most of Sudan, reduced harvests caused by displacement will limit the availability of food in Darfur for the coming year. Intensified conflict in Darfur and South Kordofan could result in further displacement and reduced income, negatively impacting food security. 

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 U.N. World Food Program (WFP) and the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to provide assistance to internally displaced persons, refugees, returnees’ host communities, and conflict-affected populations, as well as to distribute ready-to-use therapeutic foods to acutely malnourished children. 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

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $189.7 million 174,064 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 $159.7.0 million 153,426 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $29.9 million 20,638 MT

Food Security Situation information provided by FEWS NET, WFP, UNHCR, and OFDA as of September 2014
+Fiscal Year 2011 includes contributions made to South Sudan before July 9, 2011.
++Fiscal Year 2010 represents funding and metric tonnage from Sudan and South Sudan

Last updated: October 06, 2014

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