ACT Alert Sudan-1/ 2000: Food needs in southern Blue Nile

Geneva, 14 February, 2000
Early results from the recent evaluation of the southern Blue Nile program indicates around 20,000 people are in need of food again. Among the reasons are:

Failure of the rains thereby effecting the main sorghum crop yields

Groups of people displaced due to renewed fighting

Arrival of returnees from Ethiopia

A consortium of the CARITAS Internationalis & ACT International networks estimates that around 600 MT of food needs to be mobilised to provide 50% rations for 3 months.

Up to half the required amount can be procured from the food surplus eastern region while the balance will have to be made up from other sources. In this respect, ACT members are in contact with WFP to explore possibilities.

In light of the current situation, a joint ACT/CARITAS Appeal is likely in the near future.

Thank you for your attention.

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