Published on 21 August 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 hunger 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% under WFP direct management. WFP will continue to do joint distributions with partners while assessing and augmenting their capacities.

South Sudan: The Annual Needs and Livelihood Assessment Mid-Year Review released in August for Southern Sudan confirms a troubling situation in the region where an estimated 1.5 million people face severe food insecurity.  Poor rainfall, continued high levels of insecurity and high cereal and low livestock prices have combined to create an urgent need for WFP to provide an additional 22,000 mt of food. The region’s overall global acute malnutrition (GAM) rate is 16.9% which is above emergency thresholds. The required additional 22,000 mt includes food for conflict-affected and displaced people in Akobo county, Jonglei State.