- The Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) Sudan and FSD Africa commissioned Wellspring to undertake a rapid assessment of the agri-food and enabling payment systems in Sudan, to inform a coordinated emergency response that promotes food security.
- This webinar provided insights on the current situation, critical challenges and proposed interventions that can be deployed.
Resources:FSD, Wellspring (2023) Rapid Assessment of Food and Payment Systems in Sudan for a Coordinated Food Security Emergency Response November 2023 #24 p.
- Sorghum, millet, and wheat are three key staple crops consumed in Sudan
- In addition to the three main cereal value chains, there are others that may be regionally important for food security, including horticulture, legumes and pulses, and oilseeds.
- Access to inputs has decreased dramatically as a result of the ongoing conflict, mainly due to lack of access to inputs financing.
- Farmers have abandoned mechanization due to high fuel prices.
- Planting during the recent summer season has significantly decreased compared to past years
- A large proportion of Sudan’s processing capacity was concentrated in Khartoum and has been destroyed.
- There are, however, small and medium agriprocessors still operating in other states, and some larger conglomerates have also relocated processing operations to cities such as Port Sudan since the conflict.
- The current conflict has disrupted traditional pathways to market.
- Financial service providers (FSPs) have been very directly impacted by the conflict as well, with the vast majority of financial institutions still non-operational.
- The current conflict, and its impact on traditional financial institutions, has prompted a surge in demand for digital financial services.
- The use of informal payments systems, known as hawala, has also risen to fill the gap left by non-operational formal financial institutions