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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Responding to Emergencies
16 February 2018

WFP Broadens Operation to Stem Severe Hunger In Democratic Republic Of Congo's Kasai Region

KINSHASA – In the face of escalating violence, daunting logistical challenges and insufficient funding, the United Nations World Food Programme is energizing two key elements of its emergency operation to prevent famine in war-ravaged Kasai: cash distributions to the most vulnerable and specialist support to check acute malnutrition in women and young children.

Contributions to WFP
7 December 2017

Japan to Support Efforts Targeting Crop-Destroying Fall Armyworm in South Sudan

JUBA/ROME – Efforts in South Sudan to fight Fall armyworm, an insect that destroys crops, have received a boost thanks to the Government of Japan’s decision to provide $3 million to support a project run by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) together with South Sudan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

29 November 2017

WFP Expands Delivery Of Food Through Sudan To Hungry People In South Sudan

AWEIL, South Sudan – The World Food Programme (WFP) has successfully sent a first convoy to deliver food assistance from Sudan to the north-western South Sudanese city of Aweil in Bahr El-Ghazal region. It plans to send enough food down the new route in 2018 to feed 1.7 million people for 10 months.
6 November 2017

Harvest Season Provides Meagre Respite to South Sudan’s Hunger Crisis

ROME/JUBA - The current harvest season in South Sudan will not end the hunger crisis as conflict persists in most of the country and hyperinflation puts food out of reach for many, according to the updated Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) released today by the Government of South Sudan, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, UN Children’s Fund, the World Food Programme, and other humanitarian partners.

12 September 2017

World Bank Donates US$50 million to Fight Hunger and Malnutrition in South Sudan

JUBA, September 12, 2017 – Three United Nations agencies leading the response to a dire hunger and nutrition crisis in South Sudan today welcomed a US$50 million donation from the World Bank to address food insecurity and malnutrition in the country.
24 August 2017

Child Killed When WFP-Contracted Aircraft Hits House In South Sudan

JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that a child was killed when a WFP-contracted aircraft hit a house while attempting to land during a thunderstorm in Juba on Tuesday. Four other people – a boy, a girl and two women – were injured during the incident.

11 August 2017

Germany’s Support Helps Rebuild Livelihoods In South Sudan

JUBA – The World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$8 million from the Government of Germany to WFP’s recovery operation in South Sudan. The funds will enable WFP to support initiatives to strengthen the resilience of over 180,000 people through food assistance and cash transfers.

Responding to Emergencies
21 June 2017

South Sudan Famine Ebbs, But Situation Still Desperate As Hunger Spreads

ROME/JUBA - Famine has eased in South Sudan after a significant scale up in the humanitarian response, according to new analysis released today. However, the situation remains dire across the country as the number of people struggling to find enough food each day has grown to 6 million – up from 4.9 million in February – and is the highest level of food insecurity ever experienced in South Sudan.

6 June 2017

China Contributes US$5 Million To WFP’s Emergency Operation In South Sudan

JUBA – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$5 million from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to provide food assistance to 160,000 people affected by acute hunger in South Sudan, including 30,000 children under the age of five.

26 May 2017

European Union Contributes To WFP’s Life-Saving Work In South Sudan

JUBA – The European Commission has reaffirmed its commitment to saving the lives of conflict-affected people in South Sudan with a US$ 12.9 (€11.9) million contribution to the emergency operation of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). This is in addition to the US$ 32 (€30.4) million contribution that was already confirmed for 2017

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