Sudan is the world's seventh-largest producer of dates, growing more than 460,000 tons per year. However, prices have collapsed in Sudan’s date industry, the latest economic sector to become a casualty of war in the country.
Every autumn, until this September, date farmers in northern Sudan pulled their harvests down from palm trees, securing revenues for their families. But five months into the war between Sudan's rival generals, the country's economic infrastructure has been destroyed and buyers are scared off. How much of that figure will be available this year remains to be seen, but farmers in northern Sudan are lucky they could manage a harvest at all.
Farmers who depend on the date industry face colossal challenges moving their products across the country, as do those in other agricultural sectors.