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Martin Penner, a former journalist, has worked for WFP since 2008.
Sudan is one of WFP’s largest humanitarian operations in the world. In 2009, we aim to provide food assistance to 5.9 million people in the country, around 15 percent of the population.
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WFP's 3.8 million conflict-affected beneficiaries in Darfur will receive monthly food rations this year while additional food will be given to 300,000 children in school and 250,000 malnourished women and children. In January, we delivered food assistance to 2.4 million people in the region. View photo gallery of WFP operations in Sudan.
Given the ongoing insecurity in the area and the humanitarian crisis situation, there are limited opportunities for the sort of projects commonly used by WFP to help people recover livelihoods and build assets.
In April, WFP will start a supplementary feeding project for 300,000 children in North Darfur – an area that traditionally has the highest prevalence of acute malnutrition particularly during the lean season before the harvest.
Hijackings of WFP-contracted trucks have decreased so far in 2009 after a plague of bandit attacks in 2008 that slashed deliveries of food. Despite the hijacking of 110 WFP-contracted trucks last year, WFP and partner NGOs succeeded every month in reaching millions of people in need of food assistance. View video about the insecurity faced by WFP in Darfur and elsewhere
As well as Darfur, WFP also works in South Sudan, the Centre, East and the so-called 'Three Areas'. In these regions WFP plans to reach 2.1 million people in 2009.
Some 562,000 returnees, refugees, IDPs and other vulnerable residents will receive food through general distributions. A further 380,000 people will receive food through projects aimed at building stronger communities that are more resilient and food secure. Read about a woman who benefited from one such project
In addition, 640,000 school children will be reached with daily cooked meals through the school feeding programme. WFP will also provide support to the joint Government and UN programme to re-integrate ex-combatants.
WFP has some 2,850 staff in Sudan – 250 international and 2,600 national. In 2008, WFP and its partners assisted over 6 million people in Sudan – 65 percent of them in Darfur.