What WFP Is Doing To Prevent Disaster In South Sudan

WFP and partners have been working flat-out for months to try to prevent a hunger catastrophe in South Sudan, overcoming enormous obstacles to bring food and other assistance to people in desperate need who have been isolated by conflict. Facts, Videos, Photos and Maps to give you an overview of the situation.

WFP has provided food assistance to more than 1.4 million people, including 600,000 people who WFP reached by arilifts and airdrops

WFP's food assistance reached 1.4 million people in the month of June alone, and WFP is using airdrops and airlifts to bring urgently needed food assistance to areas of the country that are not reachable by any other means due to insecurity and flooded roads. In the last four months, helicopters and specially equipped airplanes have completed more than 1,300 flight rotations, delivering more than 22,200 metric tons of food. The total number of people we’ve reached by airlifts and airdrops is more than 600,000.

WFP air drop

28 hard-to-reach areas where the WFP mobile emergency team have so far reached 385,000 people.

The mobile emergency teams have so far reached more than 385,000 people in at least 28 hard-to-reach areas, mostly through air-drops. WFP recently completed distributions to 54,000 people in Ganyiel, and right now we have emergency teams on the ground in six other locations assisting more than 120,000 people. WFP is expanding our number of emergency teams from six to 10, and will also provide air-drops and airlifts of food to support six other teams staffed by NGO partners.

Map of WFP operations in South Sudan

1,200 metric tons of cereals moved along the river Nile by a WFP barge convoy

Four barges carrying urgently needed food assistance are being moved into a convoy on the River Nile from Juba. The convoy, carrying 1,200 metric tons of cereals from WFP, is headed for the towns of Malakal and Melut in Upper Nile State. In Malakal the food will be distributed to people displaced by the conflict which erupted in December. And from Melut, it will be given to refugees from Sudan in Maban County.

WFP boat transporting food

120,000  metric tons of food that we have dispatched since the start of the year.

Despite immense challenges due to insecurity, including looting and commandeering of trucks belonging to commercial transporters contracted by WFP, we have dispatched more than 120,000 metric tons of food around the country since the start of the year, and are sending out more every day.

WFP staff member on boat

Fighting malnutrition

To combat dangerously high malnutrition rates, WFP is providing specialized foods to young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers, all of whom are most at risk from the consequences of undernutrition. WFP has supplied fortified, energy-rich nutritional treatment for more than 60,600 children under the age of 5 and more than 23,700 women to help them recover from moderate acute malnutrition, and has also provided special high-protein foods to some 245,000 children under 5 to help prevent their nutritional status from deteriorating.

Measuring the arms of children


5 long-term projects in addition to emergency food assistance

"Get these children out of the mud." -- Ertharin Cousin

The main focus at the moment is on providing urgent food assistance to the hundreds of thousands of people displaced or affected by the violence. However, we are carrying on with resilience activities – food for assets, cash for assets, Purchase for Progress (P4P), and food for education (school meals and girls’ take home rations) – in relatively stable areas where we have access, stocks and security.