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Friday, 23 September 2016

Sudan: UK Supports WFP programme in Sudan

WFP plans to use GBP 2 million to support 220,000 displaced people across Darfur with vouchers for four months, helping them to purchase a wide variety of food items from local shops. The remaining GBP 1 million will be used to top up a contribution of GBP 2.2 million that WFP received early this year for the launch of a cash assistance programme. While providing families with food items they can purchase and eat, cash and vouchers also boost the local economy, helping to stimulate markets by engaging traders that buy from local farmers and markets. "The UK Government remains committed to working with WFP to meet the needs of vulnerable people in Darfur that are affected by food insecurity and displacement," said Dr. Christopher Pycroft, Head of DFID in Sudan. "This contribution builds on previous funding, totalling over GBP 52 million since 2013, to the WFP cash and voucher programme in Sudan. DFID is committed to supporting more market-based approaches to meet humanitarian needs, enabling greater efficiencies in delivery and choice for beneficiaries to ensure assistance is better tailored to their needs."

source: allafrica.com