29,000 mt of food and nutrition assistance distributed*
USD 2.91 m cash-based transfers done*
USD 462 m six months (September 2018-February 2019) net funding requirements
3.15 m people assisted * *in July 2018
South Sudan remains the most dangerous place for aid workers for the third consecutive year, according to research conducted by Humanitarian Outcomes. The report, released in August, states that violence continued to escalate in 2017 in comparison to previous years, with record numbers of aid workers killed by gunfire in addition to a rise in aid worker kidnappings. Working within the framework of the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), WFP continues to advocate for and work to address the protection, wellness and security of its staff by implementing strong security and risk mitigation strategies.
From January to August 2018, WFP has managed to significantly reduce food and nutrition assistance delivery costs as a result of a series of cost-efficiency initiatives, such as the increase in river transport in hard-to-reach areas previously served by air, as well as the deployment of engineering capacity and reconnaissance and recovery teams to keep roads passable during the rainy season. In addition, WFP has strategically placed a record 132,000 mt across over 50 warehouses in South Sudan, the highest tonnage ever prepositioned in the country and 15,000 mt more than the amount prepositioned in 2017.
WFP is seeking donor support to continue addressing the critical food and nutrition needs of approximately 4.8 million people in South Sudan. WFP needs US$ 662 million to timely conduct its 2019 prepositioning exercise as well as just-in-time deliveries for the first half of next year.
WFP and UN Women signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) towards transformational gender equality and women’s empowerment programmes in South Sudan, which will support the work led by the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare. The two agencies agreed to work together to share technical knowledge and enhance efficiency, recognizing their comparative advantage. The MoU presents opportunities to scale up interventions that are not only lifesaving for vulnerable women and girls, but can also strengthen their skills for recovery, transformation and empowerment, including speaking out against gender-based violence (GBV).
As part of preparations for an integrated Ebola preparedness plan, the WFP-led Logistics Cluster is working with partners to map logistics capacities such as storage, roads and staffing in areas designated as priority one, particularly at entry and check points. In those locations, WFP is also working with the World Health Organization (WHO) on mapping all formal and informal border points, screening areas, check points, airstrips and landing zones. This is part of the risk mapping process that will support the national task force in the preparedness stage of the contingency plan.