Japan supports WFP in addressing impact of locust outbreak in eastern Sudan
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Sudan received a contribution of $1.7 million from the Government of Japan to support vulnerable people whose livelihoods and food security are most at risk because of desert locust swarms that migrated to Sudan from Kenya and South Sudan earlier this year.
WFP will use these funds to provide food rations for three months for more than 78,000 residents who are food insecure in Kassala and Red Sea. The ration will include sorghum, lentils, salt and vegetable oil. WFP will work closely with local governments and stakeholders to identify the most vulnerable populations in these locations to ensure that those who are most in need receive urgent support.
“WFP is grateful to the government and people of Japan for this generous contribution. The swarms of locusts can have detrimental effects on farmlands and crops that communities depend on for their livelihoods and survival. This funding will help us mitigate the worst effects of multiple crises and ensure that women, men and children who are hit the hardest, get the life-saving food assistance they need,” said WFP Representative and Country Director in Sudan Hameed Nuru.
This contribution comes at a critical time when food insecurity in Sudan is at an all-time high, with 9.6 million people projected to be food insecure at the peak of the lean season according to the IPC Food Security Analysis released in July, and as communities grapple with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and locust swarms.
In 2020, Sudan’s humanitarian needs have continued to increase, driven by protracted conflict and displacement, natural disasters, epidemics, malnutrition and food insecurity. The COVID-19 pandemic and the locust swarms have further exacerbated the situation, amid socio-political instability and the ongoing economic crisis that threaten to drive millions of Sudanese further into poverty.
“We recognize the severe damage done by the locust swarm to food security in Sudan, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that has heavily impacted the entire nation. It was more than necessary for us to provide timely support to Sudan as a member of the responsible international community, and I am glad our contribution has been effectively conveyed to the people in need by WFP,” said Ambassador of Japan to Sudan Takashi Hattori.