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WFP South Sudan Country Brief, September 2018

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In Numbers

27,700 mt of food and nutrition assistance distributed*

US$ 2.03 m cash-based transfers done*

US$ 566.6m six months (November 2018- April 2019) net funding requirements

2.98 m people assisted *
*in August 2018

Operational Updates

• South Sudan continues to experience extreme levels of food insecurity, with 6.1 million people or 59 percent of the population being food insecure at the peak of the lean season. These are the main findings of the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), released on 28 September. Whilst at the national level there has been marginal improvement in the food security situation, in seven counties the severity and spread of food insecurity levels remains alarming. Extreme levels of acute food insecurity are expected to persist in many areas even in the presence of planned, funded, and likely humanitarian assistance. This calls for immediate and unhindered provision of humanitarian assistance and close monitoring.

• WFP and cooperating partners assisted 2.98 million people in South Sudan during the month of August, with 27,700 mt of food and nutrition commodities, as well as US$ 2.03 million in cash distributions. From January to August 2018, WFP has reached approximately 4.72 million people with food and nutrition assistance to cover the most vulnerable populations.

• WFP and UNICEF signed a Letter of Understanding for collaboration on the treating and preventing of malnutrition and strengthening of nutrition sensitive activities in South Sudan. The two agencies agreed to collaborate on the consolidation and use of WFP’s beneficiary management system, SCOPE, as a common platform to help improve joint interagency targeting of beneficiaries and increase operational efficiency and accountability to programme beneficiaries. In this framework, WFP and UNICEF intend to collaborate on the digitalization of nutrition programmes through the application known as SCOPE CODA.