UN pledges $20 million to Sudan for food security

Khardiata Lo Ndiaye, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan,  announced that Sudan would be receiving $20 million for food security from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

“This grant will allow the procurement and distribution of seeds, provide critical nutrition and WASH services and support crop protection committees to farmers in Darfur,” Ndiaye said.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan said that this procedure will come to ensure Sudan is protected from the acute food insecurity for the months ahead.

The $20 million fund will be distributed among the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UNICEF, and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Ndiaye called on the Sudanese government to “facilitate the provision of agricultural inputs – fuel, fertilisers and extension services – for all producers.”

She also urged the Sudanese government to uphold peace and security in order to ensure a successful harvest season that the people of Sudan could rely on their own food production.

FAO and WFP had earlier warned of conflicts, economic crisis, and poor harvest potentially doubling the number of people projected to suffer from acute hunger by September 2022.

 Earlier this year, Integrated Food Security Phase Classification Affairs (IPC) estimated that Sudan 16% of Sudan’s population was going to suffer from “high levels of acute food insecurity”.

The hunger situation in Sudan will also be exacerbated by a greater, on-going threat to global food security; the Russia-Ukraine war, which is currently fueling a global food crisis.

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