UN food agency prepares food plans ahead of Sudan referendum

Preparations are being made to ensure that the forthcoming referendum on independence in Southern Sudan doesn't worsen an already serious problem of hunger in the region.

A boy waits at food distribution site in Jonglei State, Southern Sudan.

A boy waits at food distribution site

The World Food Programme (WFP) says that it is planning to respond in case people are displaced in a region where food security has been undermined by decades of conflict and natural disasters.

Charles Appel reports.

The World Food Programme says that one way of keeping hunger at bay in southern Sudan is by channelling food to the approximately 750,000 most vulnerable people in the region.

The agency has already provided food rations to over 104,000 people who have returned to Southern Sudan and is ready to assist up to half a million more.

Ahead of the January 9 referendum, WFP has also pre-positioned food in more than 100 strategic locations enough to feed one million people for six months.

In addition to that, food supplies are being pre-positioned in neighbouring countries to provide assistance to refugees if instability forces people to cross Sudan’s southern borders.

Charles Appel at the United Nations.
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