Officials from the European Commission and the World Food Program on June 7 presented the largest funding agreement between the two parties, worth 46 million euros (USD55 million).
European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva made the announcement along with WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.
“Humanitarian needs have increased dramatically in Sudan, so additional funding is vital. I am deeply concerned about the situation of civilians affected by the recent fighting in some areas of South Darfur, particularly Jebel Marra, and parts of West Darfur,” Georgieva said after the announcement. “Several thousands of people have been displaced and urgently need our assistance and, worryingly, humanitarian agencies have no access to them.”
The European Commission’s allocation of the fund forms part of the Global Plan for Sudan in 2010 worth 114 million euros. The financing will provide immediate food assistance to the populations in Darfur and Southern Sudan as the crisis continues to worsen.