The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Sudan has received a new donation of EUR 1.5 million (US$1.6 million) to support the Capacity Building for Improved Nutrition.
Sudan is facing a dramatic situation: 15 million people – 34 percent of the population are currently food insecure. This might increase to 18 million people (39 percent of the population) by September 2022. Around 13.6 percent of children are acutely malnourished (too thin for height) and 36 percent are stunted (too short for age), posing increased risks of morbidity and mortality among children under five.
The project funded by the Italian Government will enable WFP to support national systems, humanitarian, and development actors through the provision of services and expertise and strengthening capacity to implement the SDGs. WFP will support the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement in Sudan, aiming at developing a Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy and strengthening communications and advocacy to raise public awareness on nutrition challenges and solutions.
Michele Morana, director of AICS Khartoum, concluded that the Government of Italy through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation is investing 50% of its funds in Sudan in the health sector. The Italian Cooperation supports WFP in responding to new and protracted crisis with a nexus approach, linking emergencies, development and peacebuilding.