Efforts to scale up assistance continue to reach food insecure households in Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Eastern Equatoria as early onset of lean season affects millions.
Third year of joint UNICEF/WFP partnership launched to strengthen nutrition interventions.
Internal food security analysis shows that South Sudan will face the most severe lean season in 2016 since its independence, driven by insecurity, poor harvests, and displacement in some areas of the country. As many as 5.3 million people may face severe food insecurity, with particular areas of concern in the non-conflict affected states of Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Eastern Equatoria. WFP is scaling up its support to households and communities affected by the early onset of the lean season. In addition to calling forward additional stocks, WFP is advancing food for assets (FFA) payments and expanding general food distributions to prevent any further deterioration of the food security and nutrition situation.
The third year of the Joint UNICEF/WFP Nutrition Response Plan (2016-2017) was launched continuing the partnership to meet the nutrition needs in South Sudan. A meeting was held with stakeholders to review the achievements and challenges of the partnership so far, and to outline the 2016-2017 objectives and strategies. Through the Plan, UNICEF and WFP will continue treating all forms of malnutrition by ensuring quality implementation at the field level as well as building infrastructure to treat and prevent malnutrition at a systemic level.
WFP is evaluating the possibility of introducing a cash based transfer (CBT) in Makpandu refugee camp, Western Equatoria, where about 4,000 people are receiving monthly food assistance.