WFP Sudan Country Brief, October 2018

from World Food Programme
Published on 31 Oct 2018

In Numbers

11,457 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 1.6 m cash-based transfers made

US$ 45.8 m six months (December 2018 - May 2019) net funding requirements

1.8 m people assisted in October 2018

Operational Context

The food insecurity in North and South Darfur, Blue and White Nile states (Integrated Food Security Phase (IPC)
Classification 3) and South Kordofan (IPC 4) will likely persist until the end of 2018. This is due to low asset holdings and limited agricultural labour and other livelihood opportunities.

On 9 September, the Government of Sudan underwent a cabinet reshuffling. WFP presented its complements to the new ministers and shared the five-year plan of WFP engagement in the country. WFP is working closely with its government counterparts to ensure successful continuation of the projects.

WFP Sudan’s 2017 Interim Country Strategy Plan (ICSP) responds to new and existing challenges by adapting its portfolio to life-changing interventions while maintaining life-saving activities. WFP has been implementing the activities in the ICSP until December 2018, and will move forward to its five-year CSP starting January 2019.

Operational Update

• During post-harvest storage, up to 700,000 mt of crops are lost every year in Sudan, and hermetic bags can help mitigate that loss. In an effort to create a sustainable market for hermetic storage in the country, WFP Sudan held its first international conference on Post-Harvest Losses. The event aimed to encourage private sector engagement to ensure the sustainability of the hermetic storage industry and provide solutions to smallholder farmers in Sudan. Participants included international manufacturers, national distributors, the Government of Sudan and donors.

• The two hydroponic pilot units in the Beliel IDP camp are now operational. Twenty-five community participants are sharing the responsibility of maintaining the units and producing animal fodder. The project is providing alternative livelihoods to 102 IDPs, of which 51 are now able to feed their families’ goats using the fodder produced. In the next phase, the project will expand to create a community garden and home hydroponic units to reach the most vulnerable population in the camp.

• WFP participated in a meeting with the newly appointed Federal Minister of Health and State Minister of Industry. The meeting aimed to introduce the ministers to the efforts by UN agencies, civil society and the private sector to prevent and reduce iodine deficiency in Sudan. WFP presented its efforts to support salt iodization through the EU delegation-funded fortification project and secured support from the ministers to proceed with its efforts.