The Sudanese government has acknowledged that the country is suffering from a drought and from food shortages and urged the international community to assist in averting famine, a press report said Thursday.
Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Ismail was quoted by the As-Sahafi Ad-Dawli as saying there were food shortages in various parts of the country, attributing this to scarce rainfall.
A grain shortage is reported in Darfur, Kordofan and Bahr al-Ghazal states, where the price of the staple sorghum is soaring.
The government "is exerting strenuous efforts for replenishment of the food shortages," Ismail said, adding that his government is maintaining contacts with the World Food Programme (WFP) for dealing with the situation.
"The Sudan looks forward to obtaining assistance by the world community for participation in meeting the food shortages," Ismail said.
The United Nations is asking for around 100 million dollars of food aid to cope with drought that has struck parts of Sudan hard this year -- KHARTOUM (AFP)
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