WFP SAFE Initiative in Darfur, Sudan

Posted by: SAFE Administrator

Modified date: 10/18/2017

WFP SAFE Initiative in Darfur, Sudan


Technology field of reference: cooking

Relevant sectors: Nutrition, Food Security, Protection, Environment, Early Recovery & Livelihoods

Population type: IDP's and host communities

Category of funders: Not Available

Project Description

Over ten years of conflict in Darfur makes Sudan one of WFP's largest and most complex humanitarian operations. With over 2.5 million internally displaced people (IDP) in Darfur, the conflict has had a very destabilizing effect on displaced and host communities, alike. Loss of food stocks and the break-down of trade and markets have been disrupting people’s lives and pushing millions more into hunger. Furthermore, displacement combined with a series of droughts has led to a rapid depletion of natural resources and desertification. As a result, women and children in IDP camps have had to venture out long distances to collect firewood for cooking and selling, which exposes them to great risks, such as gender-based violence. In response to these challenges, WFP began to implement SAFE in North Darfur and in 2014 expanded to all five regions of Darfur. SAFE in Darfur addresses the numerous, health, safety, nutrition, livelihood, education and environmental challenges linked to the lack of access to (cooking) energy, reduces the vulnerability and frequency of exposure to gender-based violence (GBV) associated with firewood collection, and improves livelihood, long-term food security and resilience of Internally Displaced Population (IDPs) and conflict-affected host communities in Darfur. Activities of SAFE in Sudan include: 1. Provision or production by beneficiaries of fuel-efficient stoves and alternative sources of cooking fuel for WFP-assisted households and schools; 2. Investing in sustainable natural resources, such as planting tree seedlings, nursery management and climate change mitigation projects; 3. Activities introducing alternative livelihood options (farm and non-farm alternatives); and 4. Community development trainings, technical training and gender-based violence sensitisation. The programme is set to achieve the following objectives: • Improve access to energy services for cooking • Reduce the vulnerability to GBV linked firewood collection • Improve environmental conditions • Enhance the livelihood, food security, & resilience of IDPs and conflict-affected host communities Project Locations SUDAN: North Darfur: El Malha, Kutum, El Fasher, Kebkabiya, Tawilla, Saraf Omra, El Kuma, Umm Keddada, Mellit, El Seriaf , El Fasher rural, and Dar El Salaam Western Darfur: Geneina, Kerenik, Sisi, Mornie, Sirba, Abusoroj, Habila, Frobranga, Gobi, Nourelhuda Central Darfur: Zalingie, Hamidia, Hasihisa, Tayba, Elsalam,Khamsa Dagaig, Mukjar, Artala, Birgi, Ammar-Jadid Southern Darfur: Gereida, Kass, Katila, Nyala, Belil, Dereige, Sakaly, Kalma, Otash, Al Salam Eastern Darfur: Ed Daein, Yassin, Adila, Sharia


Starting and ending date

From 01/01/2009

Number of beneficiaries reached through energy related activites or interventions


Cost of energy technology and/or fuel

1. Fuel-efficient cookstoves made by beneficiaries - $1-5 USD per unit depending on size 2. Institutional biogas cookstoves imported from abroad – $ 500 USD (installation/transportation costs not included) 3. Wood and briquette efficient cookstoves imported (e.g. EzyStove, Wood-fueled Rocket Stove) – $ 67 USD per unit

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