The United Nations (UN) warned this Friday that 18 million people in Sudan will suffer from food insecurity by September 2022, as a result of the economic crisis, poor quality crops and the effects of the conflict in that nation.
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Together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP), the UN stated that, in recent months, the number of displaced families in the country due to the clashes in Darfur and Kordofan.
As a result, livelihoods were affected and unemployment increased for the entire population, while the price index for basic foods rose, making it difficult for most families to access sustainable food.
The WFP representative in Sudan, Eddie Rowe, warned that “there are worrying signs that access, affordability and availability of food are reducing for the majority of people in Sudan, which is pushing more people into poverty. and hunger.”
For his part, the FAO representative in the country, Babagana Ahmadu, commented that “the increase in food prices and the shortage of essential agricultural inputs, such as fertilizers and seeds, mean that farmers have no other option but to abandon food production if they do not receive immediate support, affecting the availability of food in Sudan”.
During 2021, Sudan registered a total of 1.5 million people in need of means to overcome the shortage of agricultural products.
For this reason, the FAO indicated that urgent support is required to guarantee the essential agricultural inputs in vulnerable households before the start of the agricultural stage in June for the production of sufficient food in the country.
He also stressed that it is necessary to raise 51.4 million dollars to promote food cultivation in agricultural families and support shepherds with difficulties to keep their cattle strong.