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Sudan’s Grain Divide: A revolution of bread and sorghum

Sudan’s Grain Divide: A revolution of bread and sorghum


This briefing unpacks the connected political and economic crisis that reached a climax in early 2019 through the contrasting but connected worlds of Sudan’s bread and sorghum eaters. Its conclusion presents the limited options available to the as yet unelected technocratic government.

This briefing is a product of the X-Border Local Research Network, a component of DFID’s Cross- Border Conflict—Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) programme, funded by UKaid from the UK government. The programme carries out research work to better understand the causes and impacts of conflict in border areas and their international dimensions. It supports more effective policymaking and development programming and builds the skills of local partners. This briefing was written by Edward Thomas and Magdi El Gizouli.

This briefing is also available in Arabic.

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