U.S. Government (USG) provides additional $83 million for emergency response assistance
Despite improving food security conditions, South Sudan faces one of the world’s worst food security crises
Land works and aid lead to incremental improvements at civilian protection site in Bentiu town, Unity State
The USG provided an additional $83 million in emergency assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan and South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda. With this contribution, the USG remains the top international donor to the emergency response, providing more than $720 million in FY 2014.
Critical food and nutrition assistance for conflict-affected and displaced populations across South Sudan has mitigated the impact of the current crisis on food security and reduced the number of people experiencing Crisis—IPC 3—and Emergency—IPC 4—levels of food insecurity in the near term, according to the IPC Technical Working Group.4 However, an estimated 1.5 million people—including one-third of the population of the three most conflict-affected states—will remain in Crisis and Emergency states of food insecurity through December. Conditions are projected to subsequently worsen, and more than 2.5 million people may experience Crisis or Emergency levels of food insecurity from January to March 2015 due to reduced resilience and increasing vulnerability to future shocks resulting from the protracted conflict.