29,000 mt of food and nutrition assistance distributed
USD 2.91 m cash-based transfers made*
US$ 449.39 m six months (September 2018-February 2019) net funding requirements
3.15 m people assisted in July 2018
Food Security Update: More than six million people – nearly 60 percent of the population, are facing "crisis" or "emergency" levels of acute food insecurity in South Sudan, according to the latest Food Security Situation Update released in August 2018 by FAO, UNICEF and WFP. Compared to the same period last year (June – July), this represents a 20 percent increase. Areas affected by armed conflict during the planting seasons (April-June) are of particular concern. In Leer and Mayendit counties in former Unity State and Greater Upper Nile region, people are particularly vulnerable due to recent displacement and attacks.
WFP response: WFP and cooperating partners provided more than 29,000 mt of food and nutrition assistance and US$ 2.91 million in cash-based transfers to 3.15 million food-insecure people in South Sudan during the month of July, a record in number of beneficiaries reached and metric tons distributed in a month in 2018. In difficult-to-access areas of Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile states, WFP reached more than 322,000 severely food-insecure people through the Integrated Rapid Response Mechanism.
Nutrition: As of July 2018, WFP reached 515,000 moderately malnourished women and children with life-saving treatment. As part of its new Food and Nutrition Strategy for HIV/TB Programming for South Sudan, WFP is conducting cascade trainings at state-level to build capacity of cooperating partners, state-level Ministry of Health, the South Sudan HIV/AIDS Commission, as well as networks of people living with HIV. Trainings on nutrition assessment counselling and support, and on WFP Food and Nutrition Strategy for HIV & TB have been conducted in the Equatorias, Lakes, Warrap, Upper Nile and Unity. Additional trainings are planned in Nothern Bahr El Gazal, Western Bahr el Gazal and Jonglei.
WFP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare of South Sudan. The MoU seeks to address chronic food insecurity through gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, as well as to strengthen social protection systems. Under the MoU, WFP and the Government will also promote community participation in the design and implementation of gender-transformative food security and nutrition activities, as well as cooperate to develop biometric registration processes with other strategic partners to ensure efficient service delivery to the vulnerable population.