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Floods affect almost 600,000 farming and pastoralist families – FAO

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Ministries of Production and Economic Resources carried out a rapid needs assessment in mid-September to document the impact of the floods on farming and pastoralist communities across Sudan.

Preliminary results of the assessment estimate that the floods have affected almost 600,000 farming and pastoral households (an estimated 3 million people), of whom 39 per cent are female-headed. About 2.2 million hectars of land were flooded and 108,000 head of livestock, belonging to about 20,000 families, were lost. In addition to limiting movement and access to farms and agricultural inputs, the floods have also led to the loss of fishing gear and destruction of aquaculture farms, loss of agricultural inputs, tools, pumps, as well as agriculture and livestock service facilities.

So far, about 22 per cent of affected localities have received assistance from the Government, humanitarian actors and non-governmental organizations, according to the assessment. Further assistance is needed urgently and additional funds are required to maintain livelihood interventions and provide necessary emergency and recovery support.

For more, please see the FAO Sudan 2020 Flood Response Overview here