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EU support helps WFP reach over one million vulnerable people in Sudan

KHARTOUM – In Sudan, displacement and drought continues to exacerbate food insecurity for over three million people. In addressing these challenges, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is grateful to have received generous support from the European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department for WFP’s life-saving operations in the country last year.

A €6.5 million contribution was aimed at assisting refugees fleeing the conflict in South Sudan, many of whom are women and children in critical need of humanitarian assistance. Thanks to the EU support, WFP reached almost 34,000 refugees with food assistance and provided more than 51,000 children with nutrition support for treatment and prevention of malnutrition. Nearly 500 metric tons of ready-to-use supplementary food was distributed thanks to vital EU funding. 

An additional contribution of €1.6 million was used to reach over 1.2 million vulnerable people with cash-based transfers or general food assistance across nine states in Sudan.

The EU is one of WFP’s major donors in Sudan, contributing over €114 million in humanitarian aid to WFP operations in the country since 2012. These contributions have enabled WFP to meet the food requirements of the most vulnerable groups in Sudan, especially those affected by conflict and natural disasters.

“We are grateful to the EU for these generous contributions which helped us provide much-needed assistance to food-insecure populations in the country,” said WFP Sudan Representative and Country Director Matthew Hollingworth. “The EU is a major donor which always stands beside with those in need of critical assistance.”

Sudan is one of WFP’s most complex operations, with recurring conflict, population displacement, and crisis levels of malnutrition and hunger. WFP provides food assistance to vulnerable people in Darfur and other food insecure groups in the east and border areas to the south. 

In 2017, WFP reached 3.6 million vulnerable people in Sudan through a range of activities, including emergency food and cash-based transfers, nutritional support and resilience-building activities to support communities to become independent. This includes internally displaced people, refugees, El Niño-affected populations and host communities. 

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries. 

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For more information, please contact:
Abdulaziz Abdulmomin, WFP/Khartoum, Tel. +249 183248001 (ext. 2123), Mob. +249 912167055