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FAO Supports One Million Agricultural Families in Sudan

30 July 2023, Aweil, South Sudan - Elizabeth Ajok Dut empties a sack with soil in order to build dykes at the site of the Aweil Rice Scheme.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said it has distributed nearly 10,000 tonnes of seeds to one million farming households in Sudan, or 5 million people, in time for the important planting season from June to September 2023.

According to a new FAO overview of its response released yesterday, this vital seed support has enabled farmers to produce enough food to meet the cereal needs of 13-19 million people.

FAO said that the total area planted for all crops – according to an upcoming assessment for the summer season – is 15 percent below the annual average.

FAO Representative in Sudan, Hongjiang said FAO’s support to Sudanese rural communities had been enormous, but the needs were still increasing.

He stressed the need for continued agricultural support, and that “funding is urgently needed to align resources with needs.

Source: Al-Taghyeer