Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Sudan

July 2, 2014

Food Security Situation

Map of Sudan
CIA World Factbook
  • The humanitarian situation in Sudan has continued to deteriorate this year with an estimated five million people in need of food assistance, a ten percent increase since April. Conflict in Darfur, Blue Nile, South Kordofan, and Abyei has resulted in forced displacements, limited humanitarian access, and increased food insecurity. 

  • 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. High staple food prices and the influx of nearly 86,000 refugees from South Sudan since the conflict erupted there in December 2013 are additional drivers of food insecurity.

  • Average to below-average rainfall is forecasted for Sudan through September. The combination of last year’s very poor cereal harvest, current high cereal prices, and a below-average rainy season could significantly exacerbate the food insecurity situation in the coming year.

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) and the UN 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 $99.7 million 93,210 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 $74.0 million 74,600 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $25.7 million 18,610 MT

Food Security Situation information provided by FEWS NET, WFP, and OFDA as of June 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: July 03, 2014

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