Food insecurity worsens with record-high cereal prices and intensified conflict
An estimated 4.5 million people in Sudan face Stressed (IPC Phase 2), Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) food insecurity with an estimated 60 percent of the total food insecure population in Darfur. Currently, internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N)-controlled areas of South Kordofan are the most acutely food insecure.
Record-high staple food prices are expected across most of the country through August constraining food access for poor households in my areas. Combined with renewed conflict and displacement, and ongoing macroeconomic instability, food insecurity is expected to deteriorate in many areas of the country.
The size of the food insecure population is expected to peak at nearly 5 million people in June 2014, with widespread Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food insecurity, concentrated in Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile, Red Sea, Kassala, North Kordofan and White Nile States. Emergency (IPC Phase 4) is expected in the SPLM-N-controlled areas of South Kordofan. Food assistance and voucher programs are expected to continue for IDPs in Darfur, but Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) is likely through September.