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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.


USAID has consistently been the world's largest donor of food assistance to Sudan.  In FY 2013 and FY 2014, USAID provided more than $186.5 million and $183.7 million respectively for WFP and UNICEF to support food-insecure and vulnerable populations in Sudan through the distribution of emergency food aid, including ready-to-use supplementary foods, which help improve nutrition among children. In addition to direct food aid, USAID has provided vouchers that enable people in need of food assistance to purchase Sudan-grown food commodities, strengthening the local economy and building sustainable livelihoods.  Since 2004, those affected by conflict in Darfur have composed the majority of food aid beneficiaries in Sudan.  

Last updated: November 19, 2015

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