Sudan Food Security Update January 2013
Cereal harvesting is almost completed across the state.
The process has been accelerated by concerns of livestock destruction and pockets of insecurity, especially in Dar El Salam locality.
Sorghum prices have remained stable in January 2013 compared to December 2012, but are 31% higher compared to January 2012. ￼
West & Central Darfur ￼
State Ministry of Agriculture (SMoA) in West Darfur in partnership with FAO has completed the data collection for the Post Harvest Assessment.
Strategic Reserve Corporation (SRC) in West Darfur has released/sold around 6,500 bags of millet (100 Kg) from last year’s stock.
Sorghum prices in January 2013 are 11% higher compared to December 2012 and 48% higher compared to January 2012.
South & East Darfur
Cereal supplies are available in the main markets in South and East Darfur as a result of the flow of rural production into the markets.
In January, Sorghum prices in South Darfur are 4% higher compared to December 2012, while they have remained stable in East Darfur. Compared to January 2012, sorghum prices in South and East Darfur have increased by 12% and 29% in January of this year.
The yellow fever vaccination campaign has been successful. ￼
The harvest season is on-going, and expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
The good crop production, mainly for cereals, has had a positive impact on the food security situation in the state.
Prices on cereal, livestock and groundnut have remained stable in January 2012. ￼
South Kordofan ￼
Insecurity, dry spells and pest infestation have had a negative impact on the harvest season in some locations.
Sorghum prices have remained stable compared to December 2012, but are 11% higher compared to January 2012.
WFP, through partners, has served approximately 24,000 beneficiaries with some 670 MT assorted food under GFD and SFP.
There is a continuous cereal flow to El Obeid market from production areas such as Gezeira, El Gadaref and White Nile.
In January 2013, sorghum prices are 12% higher compared to December 2012 and 71% higher compared to last year.
Goat prices are 27% higher compared to December 2012 and 128% higher compared to January 2012. ￼
The coastal areas have witnessed poor winter rainfall that is expected to have a negative effect on production in the farming areas around Arbaat Delta.
Sorghum prices have decreased by 6% compared to December 2012, but are 32% higher compared to January 2012.
The last year’s positive impact of WFP’s 6 IBSFP feeding centres has encouraged the expansion of this programme in the state. ￼￼￼
￼ The sorghum harvest in the rain fed sector is almost completed, with close to 1.7 million feddan being harvested.
Sorghum prices have remained stable compared to December 2012, but are 36% higher compared to January 2012.
Goat prices have also remained stable compared to last month, and are 21% lower compared to prices from January 2012.