The agency plans to reach out and help more than one million vulnerable farmers and their families, which is estimated to be around five million people.
Fighting the crisis
The fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the powerful Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia, stems from the collapse of the 2022 power-sharing agreement between the two, affecting millions of civilians and triggering a humanitarian crisis.
One of the main concerns is the lack of civilian access to food. Current security and logistics challenges have reduced food security for millions across the country.
By improving food production and safeguarding agrifood systems, FAO, with assistance from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the agency hopes to provide greater food security now and in the longer term.
FAO plans to reach five million people across seventeen states with 10,000 tons of sorghum, millet, groundnut, and sesame seeds. The campaign will enable vulnerable farmers to plant up to three million tonnes of grains between November and December this year, meeting the cereal requirements of around thirteen to nineteen million people.
Support ‘what matters most’
So far, FAO has given 3.3 tons of seeds to eight states and started distributing them to farmers.
The agency also raised nearly $20 million toward its $95.4 million goal of reaching fifteen million people with life-saving interventions including providing access to food, farming equipment, and -restock and protect livestock.
“The need for rapid support to Sudan’s agriculture is paramount,” said FAO Representative in Sudan Hongjie Yang.
“Our goal is to navigate complex security and logistical challenges to continue to reach the country’s farmers with this time-sensitive aid.”