Sudan: South Sudan

Department for International Development written question – answered on 28th January 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make representations to the World Food Programme requesting it to consult South Sudanese members of AJOC and Dinka Ngok residents in Abyei about its report entitled, Abyei Integrated Rapid Food Security and Nutrition Assessment, and to revise the report and its recommendations in the light of their responses.

Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne The Minister of State, Department for International Development

In July 2014, the World Food Programme (WFP) carried out a rapid food security assessment in North Abyei. It found a relatively stable food security and nutrition situation, although vulnerable households were found to have reduced the number of meals consumed on a daily basis throughout the lean season (June – September). WFP South Sudan is currently undertaking a similar assessment in Southern Abyei.

WFP Sudan and WFP South Sudan are developing a common strategy for their Abyei response for 2015 and beyond. This aims to ensure a harmonized approach based on assessed needs for both the southern and northern areas of Abyei.

The UK does not currently support WFP food operations in Abyei.

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