WFP South Sudan Country Brief, August 2017

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 31 Aug 2017 View Original

Highlights

  • WFP has assisted 4.2 million people since the beginning of the year. This is the highest number of people served by WFP in South Sudan. In July alone, WFP served 2.9 million people.

  • Farming cooperatives supported through WFP purchase for progress (P4P) initiative in Western Equatoria delivered 100 mt of sorghum to WFP for distribution to vulnerable food insecure people in the region.

  • Despite heavy and continuous rainfall across the country WFP has dispatched 224,400 mt of food (about 5,500 trucks), since the beginning of this year.

Operational Updates

  • Food Assistance: So far this year, WFP has dispatched over 224,400 mt of food and nutrition commodities by road, air and river to provide food and nutrition assistance to 4.2 million people in South Sudan. Out of these, 1.7 million people have been assisted in hard-to-reach areas through WFP integrated rapid response mission (IRRM) teams. In July, despite security, access and weather challenges, WFP assisted a total of 2.9 million people with 28,400mt of food and nutrition commodities.
    This is the third consecutive month WFP surpassed its highest registered number of people assisted in the country since independence in 2011.

  • Juba Urban Cash Programme: WFP and its partner, World Vision successfully completed the pilot Juba Urban Cash Programme. The programme which includes a training component, targeted 7,000 households (42,000 people). The initial screening and selection exercise to identify the food insecure households for the second phase of the intervention to start in the third quarter of 2017 is currently ongoing. So far, 14,748 households (88,488 people) have been identified.

  • Purchase for progress (P4P) and food assistance for assets (FFA) in Western Equatoria State: WFP continues to work with smallholder farmers through its purchase for progress (P4P) initiative in Western Equatoria, aiming to buy 400 mt of food from smallholders in 2017. In July, one of the farming cooperatives supported through the P4P delivered 100 mt of sorghum, which will be distributed by WFP in its food assistance programmes.

WFP has found out that some participants under the food assistance for assets (FFA) programme have started linking up with farmer’s cooperatives in Western Equatoria, including those supported through P4P, to sell their surpluses and gain extra income. While the FFA programme will continue to focus on addressing food insecurity and building resilience to shocks, WFP will seek to expand the linkages already being made between FFA and P4P.

Challenges

  • Despite the continuous heavy rainfall across the country, which has rendered most of the major roads impassable, WFP continues to deliver food and nutrition commodities by road, air and river in most parts of the country. WFP has dispatched 224,400 mt of food since the beginning of this year.

  • A recent WFP assessment of the Sobat Corridor in South Sudan has found that the food and nutrition situation has deteriorated significantly due to insecurity and related displacements, disruption of livelihoods and market functionality. Over the past six months, WFP and partners, have assisted 219,400 people in the Sobat Corridor through its integrated rapid response mechanism.