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Sudan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 14 | 16 July – 5 August 2018 [EN/AR]

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  • Macroeconomic conditions, including devaluation of the local currency and high inflation continue to erode household purchasing power, FEWS NET said.

  • 1,888 families lost all their possessions in East Darfur’s El Neem IDP camp, when an unattended cooking fire engulfed a large section of the camp.

  • Results of a nutrition survey indicate GAM rates above WHO’s emergency threshold of 10 per cent across all refugee camps in White Nile State

High prices impact household purchasing power – FEWS NET

Deteriorating macroeconomic conditions, including devaluation of the local currency and high inflation continue to erode household purchasing power, says FEWS NET in their latest Key Message Update. On average, cereal prices increased up by 20 per cent across markets between May and June 2018. These increases are attributed to seasonably tightened market supplies, seasonal increased demand for local consumption and cross-border trade, and extremely high costs of transportation. Sorghum and millet prices are about 200 per cent above the five-year average, says FEWS NET.

Through September, poor households in areas of North Darfur and Kassala states— affected by severe dryness in 2017—refugees from South Sudan, and poor households in northern parts of Red Sea and North Kordofan states are expected to slide to Crisis, equivalent to Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Phase 3, says FEWS NET. FEWS NET defines IPC Phase 3 as when 20 per cent of families in an area have limited access to food with high or above average malnutrition rates reported. However, food security is likely to improve after the October harvest, and most parts of Sudan will return to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) or Stressed (IPC Phase 2) levels.

Above-average rainfall to date has favored crop development and pasture regeneration. The exception is in some areas in northern Kassala, East Darfur, parts of West Kordofan, and South Kordofan states—where rainfall has been below average—leading to delayed crop establishment, i.e. the percentage of sown seed that goes on to produce plants. Meanwhile, heavy rain has caused localized flash flooding in some areas of West Kordofan, Kassala, Blue Nile, Sennar, West and Central Darfur states.

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