- 7.7 million
- people are facing severe food insecurity
- 2 million
- children under 5 and women are facing acute malnutrition
- 12 million
What the World Food Programme is doing in South Sudan
WFP works to ensure that vulnerable people affected by conflict, displacement, climate shocks (flooding and drought) and economic crises can meet their food and nutrition needs. This includes conditional or unconditional food distributions and, where possible, cash transfers.
WFP provides specialized nutritious food and nutrition counselling to pregnant and breastfeeding women, and children. The nutrition programme is twofold – treating malnutrition among pregnant or breastfeeding women and children under 5, and preventing malnutrition for pregnant or breastfeeding women and children under 2. WFP works with UNICEF and other partners to ensure nutrition programmes reach even the most inaccessible parts of the country.
WFP works with smallholder farmers and farmers’ organizations to improve resilience to shocks, through training and the creation of assets, such as roads, dykes and shallow wells, which can boost agricultural productivity and post-harvest management, improve access to basic services and markets, and help communities adapt to climate change. WFP has introduced livelihood initiatives and supported shared community assets, such as communal farming land, in conflict-affected areas where humanitarian assistance is needed. This works helps reduce conflict and contributes to peace among communities. Where possible, WFP also procures food locally to boost livelihood opportunities and the local economy.
The school feeding programme was introduced in 2003. Students receive either on-site hot meals or dry take-home rations. School feeding aims to increase access to education, reduce gaps in calorie and nutritional intakes, and to protect children from risks through quitting school, particularly girls who are at risk of marriage and early pregnancies. By providing meals as incentives, the programme aims to contribute to improved education performance (enrolment, attendance and retention) and labour productivity in the future.
WFP provides air transport and logistics services to humanitarian partners, to ensure the delivery of assistance to hard-to-reach areas. This includes flights to 59 destinations through the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service. The WFP-led Logistics Cluster provides coordination and information management, delivery of humanitarian relief items, common warehousing and geographic information system mapping. WFP also supports infrastructure works across the country. This includes building and restoring roads to facilitate the transportation of goods, and creating dykes to prevent floodwaters from devastating communities.
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Find out more about the state of food security in South SudanVisit the food security analysis page
Operations in South Sudan
WFP Country Office South Sudan, Jebel Kujur Office, Juba, South Sudan
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