WFP Sudan Country Brief, September 2018

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 30 Sep 2018

In Numbers

12,865 mt of food assistance distributed US$ 628,358 cash-based transfers made
US$ 49.5 m six months (October-2018 - March 2019) net funding requirements
1.7 m people assisted in September 2018

Operational Update

• The emergency situation in Jabel Marra is ongoing. In September WFP provided 976 mt of cereal and pulses to a total of 117,887 vulnerable beneficiaries in West and Central Jabel Marra.

• Heavy rains and floods affected the livelihoods and incomes of households in West and North Kordofan. In response, WFP provided 675 mt of emergency food to 25,000 beneficiaries in West Kordofan. In addition, 5,030 affected individuals received 45 mt of emergency food in 3 localities of North Kordofan.

• WFP inaugurated the Beneficiary Complaints and Feedback Mechanism (BFM) call-centre in North Darfur. The call-centre addresses issues related to WFP activities and operators are trained to answer queries in Arabic and local dialects. So far the call-centre has registered a total of 205 complaints, 78% of the calls received were related to WFP cash assistance activities, particularly regarding cash cards. 97% of the queries were placed by female callers. As a result, WFP is hiring female operators and providing the option to callers to talk to a male or female operator, ensuring gender mainstreaming across its Feedback Mechanism activities. The information collected will guide WFP on how to improve its communication and engagement with beneficiaries, in particular females, during assessments and distributions.

• Construction of the infrastructure for the hydroponics pilot project to improve the livelihoods of displaced populations began in Beliel Camp, Nyala in September. The hydroponic units are expected to be finalized in October. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will provide technical support in the process, training beneficiaries, ensuring objectives are met and results are properly documented.