Published on 03 September 2009

Darfur: Food distributions are continuing to more than 3.6 million beneficiaries in Darfur, including some 1.1 million beneficiaries in areas affected by the NGO expulsions. The overall number of people requiring food assistance has increased as the lean season deepens. Negotiations are ongoing with new and existing NGO partners to cover gap areas that exist in Darfur. Short-term agreements have been signed with the Sudanese Red Crescent and Catholic Relief Services to cover some of the gap in West Darfur, and with Africa Humanitarian Action for North Darfur. This leaves nearly 60 percent under WFP direct management. WFP will continue to do joint distributions with partners while assessing and augmenting their capacities.

Southern Sudan: Poor rainfall, continued high levels of insecurity and high cereal and low livestock prices have combined in Southern Sudan to create an urgent food security situation. The recently released Annual Needs and Livelihood Assessment (ANLA) Mid-Year Review for Southern Sudan estimates 1.5 million people face severe food insecurity. WFP must provide an additional 22,000 mt of food to reach an additional 300,000 people facing severe food insecurity in six of the most vulnerable states in Southern Sudan from August to December 2009. This is on top of WFP’s original plan to provide 80,000 mt for 1 million people, bringing the plan for WFP total assistance to 102,000 mt and 1.3 million people this year in Southern Sudan. More than half of the additional 22,000 mt will go to conflict-affected and displaced people in Jonglei and Upper Nile States where food deliveries have been complicated by insecurity and poor road access.

CETA: The situation in the region remains calm and WFP continues to monitor Abyei, following the 22 July ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on the Abyei boundary issue. The PCA redefined its eastern and western boundaries, but left the northern border intact. WFP food assistance programmes are proceeding according to plan.