RW: 16% of Sudan’s population facing acute food insecurity

A Relief Web analysis recently reported of a 16% of Sudan’s population facing “acute food insecurity”, with the figure expected to rise to 21% during June – September.


Altaghyeer: Agencies

The report also mentioned that out of the 7.3 million people analyzed (16%), around 1.8 million are in critical food insecurity.

The remaining 5.5 million were handed an IPC Phase 3 designation, classified as a population “in crisis”.

The “in crisis” segments of the population were found to be mostly prevalent in North Darfur, West Darfur, North Kordofan, South Kordofan, Gedarif, and Central, East, and Central Darfur states, respectively.

Implications on Struggling Population Segments

During lean season – the period of time between planting and harvest, where job opportunities are scarce and incomes plummet – the figure is expected to rise to 21%.

During lean season, families are often forced to often skip meals.

The season carries long term implications for families, especially for pregnant women and children.

Despite 16% of Sudan’s population facing acute food insecurity, the report mentions that the population segment classified under “Emergency” and “Crisis” has remained unchanged.

However, severity has increased, with 5% of the analyzed population segment going on to inhabit worse IPC classifications.

“…mainly attributable to the impacts of the lean season, tribal conflicts, diminished labor opportunities causing low purchasing power, high food prices as well as inflation”, the report read.

The primary drivers for these statistics have been attributed to the currently on-going record Sudanese inflation figures, as well as conflict induced displacements.

An earlier report also published by RW last March revealed that the majority of refugee and asylum-seekers in Sudan “are hosted in some of the poorest regions of the country, where host communities are equally struggling for scarce resources.”

The same report also declared that by the end of 2021, over 1.14 million refugees will be living in Sudan.

Earlier this week, the inflation rate in Sudan increased by 21.36 points, raising inflation to 363.14%.

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