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Food insecurity in South Sudan has reached the most extreme levels since independence in 2011. 

Famine has eased after a significant scale up in the humanitarian response. However, the situation remains dire across the country as almost 7 million people - 60 percent of the population are struggling to find enough food each day. 

WFP urgently needs US$208 million until July 2020.

5 million
people assisted by WFP in 2019
1.47 million
people displaced by conflict inside South Sudan
2.2 million
South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries

What the World Food Programme is doing to respond to the South Sudan emergency

  • Food assistance

    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.
  • Cash transfers

    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 2018, WFP disbursed over US$ 27 million in cash transfers to about 660,000 beneficiaries every month.
  • School meals

    Schools meals support a healthy and productive learning environment for children. Where WFP has provided school meals in South Sudan, enrolment and attendance rates have increased from 40 to 93 percent for boys and from 30 to 86 percent for girls on average. WFP seeks to assist more than 200,000 children through school meals and a special take-home ration to encourage girls to attend classes.
  • Nutrition

    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.

How you can help

Families in South Sudan are desperate for food. If we don't act today, it could be too late. WFP needs US$208 million to avert possible famine in 2020. Make a lifesaving donation now.

Partners and Donors

Achieving Zero Hunger is the work of many. Our work in South Sudan is made possible by the support and collaboration of our partners and donors, including: