Sudan: UN welcomes US-donated food for Sudan's hungry people

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed the arrival of a ship carrying 47,250 metric tons of sorghum - enough food to feed 1.7 million people for three months in Sudan's Darfur region - donated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the UN agency said in a statement received by PANA in Khartoum Tuesday.

It said the ship carrying the food arrived at Port Sudan, Sudan’s sea port on the Red Sea, on Sunday and was received by American charge d’affaires to the Sudan and the WFP Sudan country director.  

The food will be used particularly in Darfur, where WFP is assisting more than 3 million people, including some 300,000 displaced by fighting in recent months.  

WFP said the sorghum represents the bulk of the US$164 million contribution committed by USAID to WFP Sudan for 2014.

Of this, US$92.5 million was released in July 2013, enabling WFP to respond to a new wave of displacement in Darfur as well as pre-position food in remote locations in South Kordufan and White Nile States ahead of the rainy season.  

It said that altogether, the U.S. contributions consisted of 145,000 metric tons of sorghum, 12,510 metric tons of yellow split peas and 4,400 metric tons of vegetable oil.  

The total contribution comprises 43 percent of WFP Sudan’s annual requirements for 2014.  

In addition to food, the United States has contributed US$4.8 million through USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance to support the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, which is managed by WFP and provides passenger and small cargo services to the humanitarian community across Sudan.

The UN agency said Sudan remains one of WFP’s largest and most complex operations.  

In 2014, WFP plans to reach 4.1 million people across Sudan, of whom 3.1 million are in Darfur.  

Since February this year, a new wave of violence has spread across parts of Darfur, displacing over 300,000 people and ratcheting up needs in the region.  

The continuing conflict has forced thousands of South Sudanese to flee their homes and seek temporary refuge elsewhere in Sudan.  
-0- PANA MO/SEG 29April2014

29 april 2014 08:50:44

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