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FAO: Third of Sudanese face food insecurity due to high prices

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Khartoum, Business News Report)|| One third of the Sudanese are facing the threat of food insecurity due to the global rise in prices, according to the announcement of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The FAO report said that many Sudanese face acute food insecurity in all states of the east African country.

In turn, the representative of the World Food Program in Sudan, Eddie Rowe, said that the combined effects of conflict, climate shocks, economic and political crises, rising costs and poor harvests are pushing millions of people into hunger and poverty.

Living conditions have rapidly deteriorated across cash-strapped Sudan since a military coup last October collapsed an already fragile economy, while Russia’s invasion of Ukraine exacerbated economic conditions.

The report stated that funding levels do not meet humanitarian needs in Sudan, where 40% of the population is expected to slide into food insecurity by next September.

The military coup on October 25 set back Sudan’s transition to democratic rule after three decades of repression and international isolation under former autocratic President Omar al-Bashir.

Sudan has been on a fragile path toward democracy since a popular uprising forced the army to oust Bashir and his Islamist government in April 2019.

The coup also disrupted the ousted civilian government’s two-year effort to reform the economy with billions of dollars in loans and aid from Western governments and major international financial institutions. This support was suspended after the coup.

Sudan descended into an economic crisis when the oil-rich south seceded in 2011 after decades of civil war, taking with it more than half of public revenues and 95% of exports.

Sudan became an international pariah after being included on the US list of state sponsors of terrorism in the early 1990s, excluded from the global economy, and banned from loans from global institutions such as the IMF.

The previous US administration, led by former President Donald Trump, had removed Sudan from the blacklist after the transitional government agreed to pay $335 million in compensation to the victims of the attacks carried out by Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda while the terrorist leader was residing in Sudan. The write-off was also an incentive for Sudan to normalize relations with Israel.

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