FAO provides $70 million to ward off flood effects in Sudan

FAO provides $70 million to ward off flood effects in Sudan

Khartoum (UNA-OIC) – Dominique Burgeon, Director of FAO’s Emergency and Resilience Division announced the Food and Agriculture Organization’s contribution of $70 million to avert the effects of floods in Sudan.

After a trip to assess the effects of floods and torrents on agriculture and the current agricultural season in some states, Burgeon said that the initial FAO assessment indicates that about 2.2 million hectares of cropland have been flooded and 108,000 head of livestock lost, especially in the states of Sennar, Blue Nile and White Nile.

Some 1.1 million tons of grain were destroyed in planted areas, most of it sorghum, a staple in Sudan, he said, pointing out that women from some of nearly 600,000 affected agricultural households told the FAO they were cutting down to one small meal per day after their sorghum was washed away just before harvest.

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