WFP South Sudan Country Brief, September 2017

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 30 Sep 2017 View Original

Highlights

  • WFP has assisted 4.5 million people since the beginning of the year. This is the highest number of people served by WFP in South Sudan.

  • Visit of the newly appointed USAID Administrator to South Sudan to witness WFP, UNICEF and IOM projects funded by the United States.

  • For the first time since the suspension of activities in Baggari area, Western Bahr el Ghazal in April 2017, WFP reached 16,600 people in September.

Operational Updates

  • Food Assistance: So far this year, WFP has dispatched over 236,800 mt of food and nutrition commodities by road, air and river to provide food and nutrition assistance to 4.5 million people in South Sudan. Out of these, 1.8 million people have been assisted in hard-to-reach areas through WFP integrated rapid response mechanism (IRRM) teams. In August, despite security, access and weather challenges, WFP assisted a total of 2.9 million people with over 27,000mt of food and nutrition commodities.

  • US High-Level Visit: Newly appointed USAID Administrator, Ambassador Mark Green visited South Sudan on 1 and 2 September 2017. As part of the visit, he traveled to Wau with WFP and IOM, to observe USAID-funded nutrition and food assistance activities supporting malnourished children and other vulnerable people living in the protection of civilians (POC) site. In Juba, WFP led the delegation through its warehouse and logistics hub, where they were shown first-hand the logistics operation that delivers life-saving food and nutrition assistance across the country.

  • Baggari Response: In a rapid response mission, WFP in collaboration with UNICEF, FAO, Johanniter, AFOD and REACH, conducted nutrition screening and distribution of food and non-food items in Mboro and Farajallah in the Baggari area, Western Bahr El Ghazal. WFP assisted over 16,600 people with food and nutrition commodities. This is the first time WFP has responded in Baggari area since operations were suspended following the detention of WFP staff in late April 2017.

  • Gender and Protection Training of Trainers (ToT): During the last week of September, WFP Gender and Protection teams conducted ToTs for 22 cooperating partners and WFP field staff on the creation and functions of Programme Management Committees (PMC) in Torit and Kapoeta in Eastern Equatoria. In addition, WFP trained cooperating partners on the complaints and feedback mechanism (CFM). These trainings are part of WFP’s gradual expansion of the implementation of its South Sudan Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) CFM throughout the country to enhance two-way communication between WFP and the communities it serves and take appropriate measures on issues raised.