Sudan Food Security Update February 2013
In February WFP conducted an assessment mission to identify and verify the caseload of new IDPs fleeing the armed conflict in Jebel Amir and taking refuge in Kebkabiya and Saraf Omra towns.
Sorghum prices are 29 percent higher compared to January 2013 and 43 percent above prices from February 2012.
Approximately 40,000 beneficiaries were supported through the Integrated Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme (IBSFP).
West & Central Darfur
Sorghum prices are 9 percent lower compared to January 2013, but 18 percent higher compared to February 2012.
Goat prices are 11 percent lower compared to January 2013, but 62 percent higher compared to prices from last year.
WFP distributed 9 MT of food to around 1,500 new arrivals in Mastari. These people have been displaced due to hostilities in Jebel Amir.
South & East Darfur
Cereal supplies to the main markets in the two states are adequate due to the good harvest.
Sorghum prices in both states are higher compared to last month and to last year, mainly due to the high production costs and high inflation rates.
During February, there were tribal clashes in Ed Elfursan locality and around 450 households were displaced.
Large areas of cereal crops - mainly sorghum and millet - were harvested during February.
Sorghum prices are 8 percent higher compared to January 2013 and 44 percent higher compared to February 2012.
An inter-agency team is conducting a food security and vulnerability assessment in 5 localities in the state.
The pre-harvest report for the current season 2012/2013 prepared by State Ministry of Agriculture (SMoA) and FAO indicates that the cultivated land under traditional farming is approximately 2 million acres with an additional 2 million acres under mechanized farming.
Sorghum prices have remained stable compared to January 2013, and are 9 percent lower compared to February 2012.
The decrease in cereal prices is attributed to WFPs food distribution for IDPs in Kadugli town, in addition to food aid from the local government.
There is continuous cereal flow to El Obeid market from production areas such as Gezeira ,
El Gadaref and White Nile .
Sorghum prices are 13 percent lower compared to January 2013, but 36 percent higher compared to February 2012.
Goat prices have remained stable compared to last month, but are 73 percent higher compared to February 2012.