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FAO and WFP Joint News Release WORSENING FOOD CRISIS LOOMING IN SUDAN AMID ECONOMIC DOWNTURN, DISPLACEMENT, AND RUINED CROPS

Khartoum The combined effects of conflict, economic crisis, and poor harvests are significantly
affecting people’s access to food and
will likely double the number of people facing acute hunger
in Sudan to more than 18 million people by September 2022, warns the United Nations Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

There are already worrying signs that access, affordability, and the availability of food is
shrinking for most people in Sudan, which is pushing more people deeper into poverty and
hunger,” said Eddie Rowe, WFP Representative and Country Director in Sudan.

In recent months, there has been a surge in the numbers of people displaced due to conflict in
parts of Darfur and the Kordofan region. This insecurity has eroded livelihoods, damaged farms,
and triggered widespread unemployment.

The depreciation of the Sudanese Pound (SDG) in addition to rising food and transportation
costs are making it harder for families to put food on the table. A lack of access to hard
currencies is likely to result in the SDG further depreciating.

The
Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) report by FAO and WFP indicates that
the domestic cereal production from the 2021/22 agricultural season is expected to produce 5.1
million metric tons. This will only cover the needs of less than two thirds of the population,
leaving many reliant on humanitarian food assistance and dependant on imports of essential
grains at prices beyond the reach of most people.

Rising food prices and scarcity of essential agricultural inputs such as fertilizers and seeds mean
that farmers have no other option than to abandon food production if they do not receive
immediate support. This will likely have grave consequences not only for their food security but
also on food availability in Sudan and may ultimately lead to more conflict and displacement,”
said Babagana Ahmadu, FAO Representative in Sudan.

The situation looks grim for millions as the conflict in Ukraine is causing further spikes in food
costs, as Sudan is dependent on wheat imports from the Black Sea region. Interruption to the
flow of grain into Sudan will increase prices and make it more difficult to import wheat.
Currently, local prices of wheat are at over US$ 550 per ton an increase of 180 percent
compared to the same period in 2021.

“The ripple effects created by the bullets and bombs landing in Ukraine will be felt far and wide,
including here in Sudan, as families are set to suffer even further with basic meals becoming a

luxury for millions. But at the same time, WFP finds itself in the awful position of not having
enough resources to meet the ever growing needs,” added Mr Rowe.

In 2021, WFP was a lifeline for nearly 9 million people in Sudan who suffered through the turmoil
of political unrest and economic instability. On top of lifesaving food assistance, cash and
livelihood support for families helped them not only survive, but also thrive. But this year, WFP
food stocks in Sudan are running dangerously low and without new funding they will begin
running out by May. A funding crunch, led by a US$270 million shortfall, has already forced WFP
to prioritize the most vulnerable of the vulnerable people, meaning others in need go without,
and further cuts may be necessary if WFP does not receive new funds immediately.

In 2021, FAO reached nearly 1.5 million vulnerable people in Sudan with lifesaving livelihoods
assistance to enhance the resilience of their agriculturebased livelihoods. This year, FAO
requires USD 51.4 million to support 2 million vulnerable farming and pastoral households to
produce their own food, keep their livestock alive and productive, and strengthen their
resilience. Urgent support is required to provide essential agriculture inputs to vulnerable
farming households before the main agriculture season starts in June, so that they can produce
enough food and become selfreliant.

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian
organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace,
stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate
change.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that
leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Our goal is to achieve food security for all and make
sure that people have regular access to enough highquality food to lead active, healthy lives.
With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. We believe that
everyone can play a part in ending hunger.


Follow us on Twitter @WFP_Sudan and @FAOSudan

For more information please contact:

Alessandro Abbonizio, WFP/Nairobi, +254 723 001 639

Pratibedan Baidya, WFP/Sudan, +249 (0) 91 253 4142

Mohamed Alaidaroos, FAO/Cairo, +20 2 3331 6000

Amani Hagalbashir, FAO/Sudan, +249 (0) 91 273 9255

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