Sudan’s food crisis deepens as conflict intensifies

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After 14 months of escalating internal conflict, Sudan is now confronting its most severe food security crisis on record. The latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report, released June 27, reveals a grim picture: More than half the population is facing acute food insecurity, with a high risk of famine in multiple regions if immediate action is not taken.

This deteriorating situation stems from an escalation in conflict and organized violence among Sudanese armed factions in the civil war that started in April 2023. In its December 2023 analysis of the situation, the IPC projected that 17.7 million people (37% of the population) could face crisis-level or worse levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 and above) between October 2023 and February 2024 under plausible scenario assumptions. Of these, 4.9 million were in IPC Phase 4 (Emergency). However, the situation has since worsened dramatically.

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