If Sudan slips back to civil war, damages of more than USD100 billion are expected to be incurred, analysts have warned. Civil war will cost the state USD50 billion in gross domestic product losses and impose a burden of some USD25 billion on some of its neighbors, a report by Frontier Economics estimates. United Nations peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts in such a scenario would need some USD30 billion, the Guardian reports.
Meanwhile, Sudan will expand its irrigated farmland by almost 2.5 million feddans within five years and pilot new crops. At least five Egyptian firms have started piloting wheat and maize cultivation in Sudan’s north, Mohamed Hassan Gubara, head of international cooperation at the Ministry of Agriculture, told Reuters in an interview.