Sudan: Food Prices Continue to Rise, a Bad Omen for Displaced People

Khartoum / New York — The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) wrote that food prices continued to rise across Sudan in April, albeit at a lower rate compared to previous months, based on World Food Programme (WFP) latest Market Monitor update (see full report here).

In April, the national average cost of a local food basket increased by 1.8 per cent compared to March 2021 and was recorded at SDG152 (about US$0.37). The national average retail price of sorghum was SDG98.5/kg ($0.24/kg), which is a slight increase of 0.3 per cent compared to March. The retail price of wheat flour was SDG272.2/kg ($0.67/kg) – an increase of 3.9 per cent compared to March 2021. The average retail price of a goat was SDG9,648/head ($23.65/head), which is an increase of 12.9 per cent compared with the previous month.

For Mohammed (not his real name), this is bad news as they mean things are getting more difficult. Mohammed was displaced from his ancestral village and arrived in the West Darfur capital El Geneina when the conflict started in Darfur in 2003. When he came to El Geneina he was around 30 and now is in his mid-50s, with his seven-member family.

“We used to have a simple but comfortable life before the meshakil [conflict-trouble] started in 2003”

“We used to have a simple but comfortable life before the meshakil [conflict-trouble] started in 2003. We were farming, but also had some sheep, goats, and cows. We would slaughter them when we needed and we always had milk,” Mohammed said.

“After we came to El Geneina, we had to pay for everything. We still do some farming during the planting season, but we cannot rear livestock anymore. It is not safe to graze them outside of El Geneina,” he added.