Pooled funds support small-scale farmers to produce food

In Sennar, farmers and their families celebrate an abundant harvest. Photo: FAO

Sudan | 2023 | CERF and CBPF

Sudan. The conflict in Sudan has upended the lives of millions of people. Amid a catastrophic economic crisis, market disruptions and critical shortages, national agricultural production is expected to drop. This translates into rising hunger and eroded incomes.

Yet, some small farmers are managing to keep working on their land. Their contribution to Sudan’s food security has never been more important.

Between July and September 2023, 20.3 million people – 42 per cent of the population – were facing crisis levels of acute food insecurity. Food insecurity was worst in states with active conflict, including Khartoum, South and West Kordofan, and East, West, Central and South Darfur.

In response, FAO – with support from CERF, the Sudan Humanitarian Fund, and other donors – delivered 10,000 tonnes of seeds to one million vulnerable farming households – reaching some five million people across Sudan just in time for planting season. This critical assistance should meet the cereal needs of up to 19 million people for a year, supporting local production and sustaining livelihoods.

“The need for swift agricultural support in Sudan is paramount. While much work lies ahead, we are fully committed to leveraging this crucial planting season’s window of opportunity and our efforts on the ground continue daily,” said Hongjie Yang, then FAO Representative in Sudan. “Our goal is to navigate the complex security and logistical challenges to continue to reach farmers in the country with this time-sensitive assistance.” 

Adapted from original stories from FAO.

For more information on the CERF allocation,  and allocation data on the CERF Data Hub.

For more information: visit the Sudan Humanitarian Fund and find real-time contribution and allocation data on the POOLED FUNDS DATA HUB.