South Sudan emergency
- 7.7 million
- people are facing severe food insecurity
- 1.4 million
- children under 5 are facing acute malnutrition
- 5.6 million
- people reached with WFP assistance in 2022
Food insecurity in South Sudan has reached the most extreme levels since independence in 2011.
Though famine has eased after a significant scale-up in the humanitarian response, the situation remains dire across the country as two-thirds of the population (7.7 million people)face severe food insecurity.
WFP needs US$530 million to ensure uninterrupted assistance over the next six months.
What the World Food Programme is doing to respond to the South Sudan emergency
WFP and its partners have continued to deploy rapid response teams, exploiting windows of opportunity to reach people in need. Since the Integrated Rapid Response Mechanism (IRRM) launched, teams have deployed for more than 400 missions in deep field locations in South Sudan. Through these joint emergency teams, WFP reaches 500,000 people per month in areas that are only accessible by air.
In South Sudan, WFP is scaling up the use of cash transfers across its programmes and activities, navigating the challenges of a fragile political context, with related security issues, as well as inflation. Cash assistance empowers beneficiaries letting them choose what to buy, and increases cost-efficiency and effectiveness, reducing the need to transport and preposition food commodities. In 2021, WFP transferred US$57,677,173 in cash annually.
Schools meals support a healthy and productive learning environment for children. Where WFP has provided school meals, enrolment and attendance rates have increased by up to 80 percent. WFP seeks to assist more than 400,000 children through school meals and a special take-home ration to encourage girls to attend classes through 2023.
WFP and UNICEF have continued their succesful partnership to intensify the nutrition response in South Sudan. WFP has provided treatment to malnourished children, pregnant women and nursing mothers, in addition to training community nutrition volunteers. We continue to support outreach efforts through more than 12,000 community nutrition volunteers throughout South Sudan.
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