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12 January 2011

With investment and security south Sudan could become a food exporter and end its chronic food dependency within a decade, the U.N. World Food Program said Wednesday. WFP Sudan Regional Director Amer Daoudi said the U.N. agency was working with south Sudan, which is voting to become an independent nation in 2011, to build strategic grain reserves and a road network to link rural farmers to urban markets.


12 January 2011

Southern Sudan may have a cereal deficit of as much as 340,000 metric tons this year as about 120,000 people have returned to the region, which is holding an independence referendum this week. (..) “There are 120,000 people confirmed to be returning to the South who have lived in the North for many years,” WFP spokesman Peter Smerdon said today in a telephone interview from Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan. “We have put contingency plans in place for up to 500,000 people.”


7 January 2011

Tens of thousands of southern Sudanese are making the pilgrimage home in order to vote in the upcoming independence referendum. (..) "This food is going to returnees - people originally from the south coming home from Khartoum for the referendum," said Peter Smerdon from the World Food Program. "They have said their final destination, where they came from in the south, was Juba so we are giving them a two-month ration of food so they can reintegrate into their local community."


2 January 2011

Young returnees await food distribution from the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) near Aweil in Sudan’s Bahr el Ghazal state. Thousands of Sudanese are moving back south—sometimes after decades of living away from their ancestral homes—ahead of a January 9 referendum vote.


2 January 2011

Returnees from north Sudan wait in line for World Food Program (WFP) staff to start distributing food in Aweil in the northern Bahr el Ghazal state in south Sudan December 29, 2010. People from Sudan's oil-producing south are widely expected to vote to split away to form Africa's newest nation in a referendum scheduled to take place on January 9, 2011 that was promised in a 2005 peace deal ending a civil war between north and south.


22 December 2010

The UN’s humanitarian wing in the Southern Sudanese capital has been hard at work for the past several months on contingency plans for various scenarios related to the south’s January 9 independence referendum and its aftermath. (..) UN agencies such as the World Food Program are “pre-prepositioning the six core pipelines” (“food, nutrition, non-food items and emergency shelter, emergency medical kits, seeds and tools, and water, sanitation and hygienge supplies”) which would be activated to “mitigate the impact of conflict by providing humanitarian assistance and protection to victims.”


20 December 2010

With the referendum on southern independence just 19 days away, humanitarian organizations in Sudan are preparing for the possible results by moving three months of emergency supplies into areas where they think conflict could occur. The World Food Program's warehouse in Southern Sudan's capital, Juba, is a busy place. A truck loaded with 28 metric tons of sorghum has arrived from the Kenyan port of Mombasa. Workers move the bags into another truck headed to the neighboring Western Equatoria state.


20 December 2010

With the referendum on southern independence just 19 days away, humanitarian organizations in Sudan are preparing for the possible results by moving three months of emergency supplies into areas where they think conflict could occur. The World Food Program's warehouse in Southern Sudan's capital, Juba, is a busy place. A truck loaded with 28 metric tons of sorghum has arrived from the Kenyan port of Mombasa. Workers move the bags into another truck headed to the neighboring Western Equatoria state.


16 December 2010

The deputy representative of United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Southern Sudan, Mireille Girard, Sudan told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that over 55,000 Southern Sudanese have returned to the south ahead of the region’s independence referendum in January. (..) On arrival other agencies like World Food Programme (WFP) and the southern government will provide the returnees with hummanitarian assistance including three months of rations.



9 December 2010

Three Latvian aid air crew kidnapped in Darfur a month ago have been freed, the World Food Programme (WFP) says. The circumstances of their release are still unknown, a WFP spokeswoman in Sudan said. She added that no ransom had been paid for the three men, who were helicopter crewmen contracted to the WFP.