DFID has responded to a World Food Programme (WFP) Sudan appeal with a contribution which will cover the costs of procurement and delivery of 30,000 metric tonnes of food. This will provide a month’s emergency food distributions to over 1.8 million people.
WFP appealed for almost $897 million in order to help approximately 6 million Sudanese people who don’t have enough food.
People are going hungry in Southern Sudan because of spiralling inter-tribal violence (390,000 were displaced in 2009), poor rains, and high food prices. Almost half of the population in Southern Sudan, 4.3 million people, has been assessed as likely not to have enough food in 2010. 1.6 million of those are likely to be close to starving.
In Darfur, some 2.7 million people in Internally Displaced Persons camps remain almost entirely dependant on WFP rations to meet their food needs. Darfur continues to represent around 70% of the food aid requirements for Sudan.
The contribution of £20 million from DFID comes at the peak of the “hunger season” in Sudan, the pre-harvest period of heavy rains from May to September, when families are low on food stocks and the risk of malnutrition is highest.