Sudan Conflict Threatens Long-Term Food Production

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Aid organizations in Sudan say the ongoing conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the terrorist organisation Rapid Support Forces has created one of the world’s largest displacement crises. They also warn that the seed bank in Al Jazeera state is at risk following reports of ransacking after attacks linked to the RSF. A new food security analysis for Sudan shows the highest levels of hunger ever recorded.

KHARTOUM FEBRUARY 1: Aid organizations in Sudan say the ongoing conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the terrorist organisation Rapid Support Forces has created one of the world’s largest displacement crises. They also warn that the seed bank in Al Jazeera state is at risk following reports of ransacking after attacks linked to the RSF. Esther Githui-Ewart spoke to Sibongani Kayola, Mercy Corps’ country director for Sudan.

A new food security analysis for Sudan shows the highest levels of hunger ever recorded during the harvest season (October through February), typically a period where more food is available. If there is no significant increase in food assistance by the time the lean season arrives next May, conflict hotspots could see the emergence of catastrophic hunger, also known as Phase 5 on the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC).

– “We urgently call on all parties to the conflict for a humanitarian pause and unfettered access to avert a hunger catastrophe in the upcoming lean season. Lives depend on it, yet there are far too many people trapped in areas with active fighting who we can only reach sporadically, if at all,” said Eddie Rowe, WFP Country Director and Representative in Sudan.

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