- Anti-government protests have continued on a daily basis particularly in the capital Khartoum and twin city of Omdurman. The protests which started on December 19, 2018 in reaction to the Government’s decision to raise the price of bread from one Sudanese pound to three (from about two to six US cents), have later morphed into growing demands for wide-ranging economic reforms. Government has put the death toll at 30 people.
- The country continues to grapple with a tough economic situation even after the United States lifted sanctions in October, 2017. According to FEWSNET, poor macroeconomic conditions persist, fuelled by the scarcity of foreign currency, and the Sudanese Pound (SDG) stands at 61 SDG/USD on the alternative market. At the same time, the country continues to experience widespread fuel shortages, which has driven up the prices of food commodities and fuel-related services.
- UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) warns that as many as 10 million people risk being food insecure. Protests are limiting productive time for labor, and will have devastating repercussions on household income due to low productivity. Food prices are expected to continue to rise in 2019 and food access among poor household will be much lower than normal during the 2019 lean season when poor households are reliant on markets to access food (FEWNET).
For more information, read or download our January 2019 situation report.