WFP South Sudan Situation Report #171, 8 April 2017

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 08 Apr 2017

Highlights

  • Since the beginning of the year, a total of 93,000mt of food commodities have been dispatched by road and air providing assistance to 1.6 million people in South Sudan.

  • WFP has completed 48 percent of its commodity prepositioning plan in preparation for the rainy season.

  • First test convoy from El-Obeid in Sudan reached Bentiu in South Sudan through newly opened Northern Corridor.

Situation Update

  • WFP identified nine schools in Unity and Upper Nile states that will be included in the school meals programme, assisting an additional 3,316 school children to the 215,000 already assisted by WFP in the country. The inclusion of these schools is part of an ongoing expansion of the school meals programme in the Greater Upper Nile area. Additional school assessments are planned in Mayom, Rubkhona and Maban. WFP implements school meals activities to reduce short-term hunger among school children and create a positive incentive, contributing towards higher school attendance and improved gender equality.

  • A Standardised Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions (SMART) survey has been completed in Panyijar (Unity State). An additional three surveys are currently planned in Leer, Mayendit and Koch counties in Unity state. The SMART survey is an inter-agency initiative launched in 2002 that assesses the magnitude and severity of a humanitarian crisis based on two indicators; 1) nutritional status of children under five, 2) mortality rate of the population.

  • Building on the lessons learned from its pilot project, WFP started Phase 2 of the complaint and feedback mechanism (CFM) to ensure accountability towards the affected population. The CFM comprises a beneficiary hotline, support by WFP staff at the distribution site and focus group discussions with people assisted. Under its emergency operation, WFP launched a pilot project in 2016 on a beneficiary hotline for cash-based transfer activities in Mingkaman, in-kind food distribution in the Juba protection of civilian (POC) sites and food assistance for assets activities in Aweil.