Food Aid in Sudan

A History of Power, Politics and Profit

Susanne Jaspars

Food Aid in Sudan

Susanne Jaspars

Distributed for Zed Books

252 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/4 | © 2018
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786992093 Published June 2018 For sale in North and South America only
In 2004, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan called Darfur the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. That was soon followed by a comprehensive food aid program that was, at the time, the largest global response of its kind. Yet, more than a decade later, much of the population is still in trouble, as the Sudanese regime effectively controls who receives aid and who goes without. As a result, chronic malnutrition endures.

Food Aidin Sudan argues that the situation in Sudan is emblematic of a far wider problem. Analyzing the history of food aid in the country over fifty years, Susanne Jaspars shows that such aid often serves to enrich local regimes and the private sector while leaving war-torn populations in a state of permanent emergency. Drawing on her decades of experience as an aid worker and researcher in the region, and extensive interviews with workers in the food aid process, Jaspars brings together two of the key topics of our time: the failure of the humanitarian system to respond to today’s crises, and the crisis in the global food system. Sudan has long been used as a test bed for humanitarian strategies, and the implications of Jasper’s findings will be relevant to aid practices globally. This will be essential reading for students and researchers across the social sciences studying the nature and effectiveness of contemporary humanitarianism, development, and international aid.
Review Quotes
Alex de Waal, coauthor of Darfur: A Short History of a Long War
“A superb account of the intertwining of nutritional science, politics, and humanitarian crisis in Sudan over fifty years. This is an essential book for all students of humanitarianism.”
Zoƫ Marriage, SOAS, University of London
“Provides crucial insights into how food aid has shaped power relations in Sudan. A timely and meticulous contribution towards understanding the politics of food insecurity and the processes of aid provision.”
David Keen, London School of Economics
“Brilliantly and disturbingly demonstrates how a range of self-interests and shifting orthodoxies have combined to create the virtual abandonment of a highly distressed population in Darfur.”
Mark Duffield, author of Global Governance and the New Wars
“Jaspers has written a singular, important, and challenging book. Indeed, I cannot speak too highly of this major work. This book deserves to become a classic within the humanitarian field and demands to be widely read.”
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