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Up to 2.5 million additional people in Sudan are expected to slip into hunger in the coming months because of ongoing violence. A record number of people, approximately one-third of the population, were already facing hunger before the current conflict erupted.

WFP is also extremely concerned that the conflict could undermine the current planting season, as farmers face insecurity and struggle to cope with soaring prices of fertilizer and seeds.

After a brief pause due to ongoing unrest and insecurity, WFP has restarted its operations in the country to address the immediate needs of refugees, host communities and internally displaced people. We have reached over 1 million people with life-saving assistance despite continued fighting and access challenges. The deteriorating security situation and attacks on aid is making it extremely challenging for WFP to scale up assistance to support 5.9 million conflict-affected million people.

WFP is working around the clock to source and ship food, and to expand its emergency response, as humanitarian needs increase. We are also supporting the wider humanitarian community in their efforts to reach even more conflict-affected people in Sudan.

Tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees are fleeing to escape the violence – most of them heading to Egypt, South Sudan and Chad. WFP is assisting newly arrived refugees with emergency food assistance. However, there is concern about food security in neighbouring countries, many of which are already dealing with multiple crises of their own. 

The depreciation of the Sudanese Pound, in addition to rising food and transportation costs, also makes it harder for families to put food on the table. The war in Ukraine is causing spikes in food costs, as Sudan is dependent on wheat imports from the Black Sea region. Interruption to the flow of grain into Sudan will increase prices and make it difficult to import wheat.

What the World Food Programme is doing to respond to the Sudan emergency

Food assistance
After a temporary suspension due to the violence, WFP has resumed food distributions to pre-existing refugees and to internally displaced persons, newly displaced people and their host communities in parts of the country. Also, WFP is providing emergency food assistance to refugees who fled to neighbouring countries.
School meals
WFP provides meals to encourage school attendance among food-insecure children in rural and conflict-affected areas. The school feeding programme ensures children eat at least one nutritious meal a day.
WFP aims to treat acute malnutrition, reduce stunting and prevent mineral and vitamin deficiencies through nutrition-specific interventions. These include life-saving treatment of moderate acute malnutrition through the Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme, and prevention of acute malnutrition through the emergency blanket supplementary feeding programme. WFP also promotes the consumption of fortified food and provides technical assistance to the Government for the development of legislation and standards in this area.
Food system and safety nets
WFP provides opportunities for food-insecure households to participate in community asset building and livelihood activities as part of a safety net programme. For example, WFP helps to reduce post-harvest losses by helping smallholder farmers to store their crops in hermetic bags, thereby reducing food losses and improving food security.
Common services
As the lead UN agency for logistics and emergency telecommunications, WFP provides critical logistics and information, and communication-technology services, to the humanitarian community. The WFP-managed United Nations Humanitarian Air Services enables humanitarians and cargo to reach remote and isolated, vulnerable communities.

How you can help

WFP needs US$748 million to ensure immediate life-saving assistance reaches those who need it and who lives have been upended by the ongoing conflict.
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