Despite earlier national and regional forecasts for average to below-average rainfall in Sudan, above-average rains continued across most of the country in September. This has enabled crop development and replenished pasture and water resources for livestock.
Above-average rainfall has enabled crop development and replenished pasture and water resources for livestock in most of the country. Preliminary findings from a joint mid-season assessment to traditionally high production zones in eastern, central, and parts of western Sudan, suggest favorable rains this season encouraged farmers to expand cultivation and area planted for staple and cash crops. Average to above-average harvests are expected from October to March in most parts of Sudan.
A remarkable improvement in food security is expected in the coming months due to anticipated above-average harvests, increasing access to food and income and reducing the size of the food insecure population from 5.2 million to 3.5 million people from October to November, the beginning of the harvest period.