Sudan Key Message Update, November 2017
Assistance needs continue in parts of Kassala and North Darfur following locally poor main season performance
Seasonal improvements in food access with the onset of main season harvests are contributing to improvements to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) or Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes in most of Sudan. However, conflict-affected areas of SPLM-N-controlled South Kordofan and Jebel Marra remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3). Furthermore, areas of Kassala and North Darfur where seasonal progress was particularly poor are also facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes.
A rapid inter-agency needs assessment conducted in October 2017 in areas near Dilling town (Alfarshaya, Eltukma, Elnila and Altumat) of South Kordofan identified approximately 10,000 protracted Internally Displaced People (IDPs). According to the findings of the assessment, subsistence farming and paid labor are the main sources of food and income of these IDPs, although limited access to cultivable land due to insecurity and the lack of cash to lease land from the host community are major constraints facing these populations.
Sorghum and millet retail prices either remained stable or slightly decreased across all markets between September and October with the beginning of the new harvest. Sorghum prices remained unchanged across most markets while decreasing 20 to 25 percent in Kadugli and Geneina markets. Millet prices dropped five to 10 percent in Nyala, El Fasher, and Al Gadaref. October levels of sorghum and millet prices were on average 10 and 30 percent above their 2016 levels, and 35 and 60 percent above their recent five-year average for sorghum and millet, respectively.