Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 July 2010

British government donates £20 million for food assistance in Sudan

 

 


 

 

British government donates £20 million for food assistance in Sudan

 

 

KARTHOUM, Sudan, July 28, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The UN World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a generous contribution of £20 million from the UK Department for International Development (Dfid), to provide urgently needed food assistance for malnourished children, drought-hit communities and internally displaced people in Sudan.  

Some 39,500 tons of mixed commodities including cereals, corn soya blend, vegetable oil, sugar and salt have been purchased with the donation.
The contribution from Dfid comes at the peak of the “hunger season” in Sudan, the pre-harvest period of heavy rains from May to September, when families are low on food stocks and the risk of malnutrition is highest.

 “Our food stocks were at a critical point when we received Dfid’s contribution.  Dfid’s timely response means we are able to continue our life-saving assistance during this difficult period,” said Corinne Fleischer, WFP’s Deputy Country Director in Khartoum.

Sudan remains one of the world’s largest complex emergencies. WFP plans to reach almost 11 million people – up to 4.6 million people in Darfur, about 4.3 million people affected by drought in southern Sudan and a further 1.7 million food-insecure people in the central and eastern parts of the country.

WFP’s 2010 emergency budget in Sudan requires a total US $864 million and is about 75 percent funded.

SOURCE 

World Food Program (WFP)


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