Khartoum – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Sudan has received a contribution of £6 million ($8.24 million) from UKaid. This flexible funding will enable WFP to provide emergency food and cash assistance to vulnerable Sudanese food-insecure families. It will also be used to provide school meals to girls and boys in primary schools in areas affected by conflict and disasters.
“One in four people in Sudan faces acute hunger,” said Mr. Eddie Rowe, WFP Representative and Country Director in Sudan. “We are extremely grateful to the UK for this contribution, which comes at a critical time in the country, when humanitarian needs are increasing and the resources available are not sufficient to meet them.
“The flexible nature of this funding is also extremely crucial, as it allows WFP to respond quickly to crises, so that we can get help to people in need, where they need it and when they need it. they need it the most,” he added.
In 2022, an estimated 9.8 million people in Sudan face acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 or above) according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification – the highest figure in the history of the Sudan. CPI in the country. This new contribution will go to general food aid in the form of in-kind food rations consisting of sorghum, pulses, oil and salt or cash transfers for the most food-insecure families to cover their basic food needs.
This brings UKaid’s total contribution to WFP’s 2019-2023 Country Strategic Plan to £44m since 2019. The contribution comes amid unprecedented funding shortfalls for WFP, estimated at $310m , which includes prepositioning for the rainy season for the next six years. month.
In 2021, WFP reached nearly 8 million people in Sudan and aims to reach 9.3 million people in 2022 with support from international donors such as UKaid.