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US contributes $86 million to WFP in Darfur and Kordofan

September 9 - 2015 KHARTOUM
A displaced man in Khor Abeche, South Darfur, with a sack of millet distributed by the World Food Programme (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
A displaced man in Khor Abeche, South Darfur, with a sack of millet distributed by the World Food Programme (Albert González Farran/Unamid)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) donated cash and items worth a total $86 million dollar to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), to support people in Darfur, North Kordofan and West Kordofan states.

The contribution of mixed food items is worth $75 million and are meant to meet the food needs of more than 2 million people, including displaced people, school children, and vulnerable households in Darfur and central and eastern Sudan, for up to five months. The WFP will include the food donation of sorghum, lentils and oil in food rations to almost 100,000 South Sudanese hosted in camps in Sudan’s White Nile state.

In a press release on Monday, the WFP states that the complementary cash contribution of $11 million will allow the food programme to provide cash and vouchers assistance to almost half a million people across Darfur, for up to four months.

Part of the funds will also be used to buy specialised nutritious foods for the prevention of malnutrition among 37,000 displaced children and pregnant and nursing mothers across the three states.

“This combination of cash and in-kind food contribution gives us the flexibility we need to offer the most appropriate form of assistance to all those we support in a timely and efficient manner,” said WFP Sudan Representative and Country Director Adnan Khan. “The United States has been WFP’s long-standing partner in Sudan, enabling the agency to provide life-saving food to conflict-affected people and other vulnerable groups.”

“The American people, this time working through WFP, remain committed to helping vulnerable Sudanese. We hope that current conflict ceases soon so there will no longer be need for food assistance in Sudan,” said US Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassador Jerry Lanier.

The United States is the largest single donor to WFP Sudan, contributing up to 45 percent of the organisation’s operational requirements in the country. The United States has provided more than US$170 million in food assistance to the Sudanese people since January 2015.

In the second half of 2015, WFP will assist 3.5 million people including 1.8 million displaced people. The humanitarian agency aims to reach all of them with life-saving food assistance and nutrition programmes, as well as recovery and resilience-building activities that help communities become self-reliant.

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