WFP Sudan Country Brief, March 2019

In Numbers

2.1 m people assisted in March 2019

13,628 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 3,375,877 cash-based transfers made

US$ 65.9 m six months (April-September 2019) net funding requirements

Operational Updates

Following the success of the first hybrid multipurpose cash distribution to refugees in February, the second cash distribution cycle was undertaken in late March in East Darfur.

In line with the global data-sharing agreement between WFP and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), SCOPE (a cloud-based digital beneficiary registration system) verification continues to be rolled out in the two targeted refugee camps, Al Nimir and Al Fardose in East Darfur. The aim is to ensure that households that are present in the camps are registered in SCOPE.

South Sudanese refugees in East Darfur camps continued to receive Hybrid-Multipurpose cash assistance of USD 17 per person per/month, complementing the provision of monthly cereal rations.

Through the School Feeding Programme, WFP is in the process of transitioning from take-home ration (THR) support to voucher-based assistance for girl students. The new modality will also allow WFP to shift towards a more nutrition-sensitive school feeding programme, in line with the commitments under the CSP (2019-2023), by providing families with more choice for food related items to diversify their dietary intake. Education objectives (enrolment, attendance, retention) of the programme remain the same.

A pilot intervention is underway in Tokar, in the Red Sea State. In the meanwhile, WFP Sudan is conducting school list verifications, planning SCOPE registration, enlisting and negotiating with retailers, and coordinating with both the Federal and Local Ministries of Education.

The Sudan Annual Country Report for 2018 has been published online. The report highlights the programmatic shift towards a hybrid approach to emergency assistance and an increased focus on resilience programmes. Other key achievements were the roll-out of the largest solar power installation project in support WFP’s warehouses globally, and the implementation of largescale engineering projects like the El-Obied logistics hub, which will have a 55,000 mt storage capacity.

Source: World Food Programme