EU contributes $7.8m to World Food Programme in Sudan

The UN World Food Programme said that the European Union (EU) had contributed $7.8 million to support the agency’s emergency operations in Sudan.

The UN agency said this in a statement.
“The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has welcomed a top-up contribution of €7 million ($7.8 million), following the €6 million ($6.6 million) provided to WFP in 2018.

“Funding will support emergency operations in Sudan from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO),” it said.

The programme added that the EU funding would aid the World Food Programme’s nutrition assistance given to malnourished mothers and children in remote areas of Sudan.

Malnutrition in Sudan affects some at least 1.8 million children under the age of five.
According to the agency, the donation will also bolster cash-based transfers to some 600,000 food-insecure people, including internally displaced persons and refugees across North and South Darfur states.
Sudan has been affected by multiple conflicts that have severely impacted the humanitarian situation in the country.
Earlier this year, the Sudanese military overthrew then-President Omar Bashir amid protests against rising prices.
Sudan’s economy has been stagnating for a prolonged period and the humanitarian situation in the country has been further worsened by continual food and water shortages.
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