The comprehensive food security assessment was conducted in December 2011 and January 2012 by the State Ministry of Agriculture and Strategic Reserve Corporation with support from WFP Sudan. The main objectives of the assessment were:
to provide a reliable and detailed assessment of the current food security and vulnerability situation of the Kassala population;
to assess some of the causes and risk factors for food insecurity and vulnerability and
to identify pockets of vulnerability where assistance and targeting may be required in the future.
Information was collected from a total of 1,554 households. In total, 55 cities/villages were randomly visited from 11 localities across six different livelihood zones. Child health and feeding information was collected along with the mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) measure for approximately 1,400 children between 6 and 59 months of age.