KHARTUM — A record 15 million people in Sudan — a third of the population — are currently facing acute food insecurity, according to the Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment (CFSVA) published by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).
“A combination of the effects of conflict, climate shocks, economic and political crises, rising costs and crop failures are further exacerbating hunger and poverty for millions of people,” said Eddie Rowe, WFP Representative and Country Director for Sudan.
“However, the level of funding does not meet humanitarian needs, and we must act now to avoid an increase in hunger and save the lives of those already affected.”
An already worrisome food security situation is assessed as likely to worsen during the lean season in Sudan, which began this month and will last until September. By then, up to 40% of the population, or about 18 million people, could be food insecure, as WFP and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned earlier this year.
“In the 2021/2022 crop year, Sudan was able to produce 5.1 million tons of cereals, enough to meet the needs of less than two-thirds of the population. services, the number of people suffering from food insecurity could rise sharply to unprecedented levels and eventually lead to new conflicts and displacement,” said Babagana Ahmadu, FAO Representative in Sudan.
The cumulative impact of the economic and political crisis, conflict and displacement, climate shocks including droughts and floods, and poor harvests in the past agricultural season are among the main factors in food insecurity in Sudan. The situation is aggravated by the conflict in Ukraine, which is leading to a further increase in food and fuel prices in Sudan, which depends on food imports, with more than half of the country’s wheat imports coming from the Black Sea region.
The CFSVA also shows that food insecurity exists in all 18 states of Sudan and has worsened in 16 states. The ten most affected communities are in Darfur, which has been affected by nearly two decades of protracted conflict and displacement.
The worst affected locality is Kereneik, West Darfur, where clashes resumed in late April, killing at least 179 people and displacing some 125,000 from their homes. The CFSVA analysis shows that up to 90 percent of the Kereneik population is food insecure.
An earlier assessment of agricultural production by WFP and FAO, published in March last year, showed that crop failures in many parts of Sudan had a negative impact on food availability and livelihood opportunities. Building on this, the recently released Comprehensive Food Security Assessment confirms the deteriorating food security situation in Sudan.
To cope with the surge in food insecurity, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) are calling for urgent action, including increased funding, to save lives and avert a looming hunger crisis in Sudan.
The Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment is available here.
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**Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment (CFSVA) **is a food security assessment led by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). The assessment establishes the food insecurity situation of the resident population, assesses risk factors contributing to food insecurity, and highlights vulnerable geographic areas. This vulnerability information enables well-informed decision-making processes for WFP programming and target setting, and provides data to scale up future assistance programs.
United Nations World Food Program is the recipient of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization saving lives in emergencies and using food aid to pave the way for peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, natural disasters and the effects of climate change.
**Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)** is a specialized agency of the United Nations that works in a variety of ways to ensure food security for all so that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead an active and healthy life. . This includes working through the crisis from day one to address acute levels of food insecurity, supporting rural communities dependent on agriculture and pastoralists so they can continue to produce food, earn income and maintain their livelihoods.
CONTACTS Amani Hag Al Bashir, FAO/Sudan, mob. +249 91 273 9255 [email protected]
Abdulaziz Abdulmomin, WFP/Khartoum, mob. +249 91 216 7055, [email protected]
Leni Kinsley, WFP/Khartoum, mob. +249 91 277 1269, [email protected]
Alessandro Abbonisio, WFP/Nairobi, mob. +254 723 001 639, [email protected]