This special operation is launched in support of WFP operations in Southern Sudan, currently the Emergency Operation (EMOP) Sudan 200151 – “Food Assistance to Vulnerable Populations Affected by Conflict and Natural Disasters” and the expected follow-up operations and the Southern Sudan Purchase for Progress programme. The primary objective is to reduce the transportation costs of food and to ensure the timely and efficient delivery of food assistance in post-conflict Southern Sudan. Secondary objective is to increase access to and from agricultural production areas, increasing farmer’s access to agricultural inputs and markets. Finally the activities carried out under this is special operation will improve the infrastructure of Southern Sudan, which is in line with the WFP policy to improve food security and will benefit the general development of the country.
The conflict in South Sudan has disrupted the livelihoods of millions of people and has had a negative impact on food security in the world’s newest country.
Market disruptions due to the conflict, population displacement and a rise in prices of local food has all increased the level of food insecurity in the country.