WFP South Sudan Situation Report #168, 17 March 2017

from World Food Programme
Published on 17 Mar 2017 View Original

In Numbers

1.89 million internally displaced people (OCHA)

1.6 million South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR)

223,926 seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS)

4.9 million people facing severe food insecurity from Feb-April 2017 (IPC, Feb. 2017)


  • WFP teams completed a first round of emergency food distributions in Leer County for 48,480 people facing acute hunger.

  • FSNMS survey results from December 2016 point to the worst post-harvest food security situation in South Sudan since independence.

  • WFP barge set departs Malakal for Bor after delays due to insecurity.

Situation Update

  • WFP has published the findings of the 19th round of data collection for the Food Security and Nutrition Monitoring System (FSNMS) survey (December 2016). Results point towards a very grave food insecurity and nutrition situation in South Sudan from harvest through the height of the lean season in 2017.

  • As of December 2016, food insecurity has increased in all ten states compared with the same time the previous year, with two-thirds of households facing moderate to severe food insecurity. This is the highest level in this season since FSNMS data collection started in 2010, and serious food insecurity has spread to previously less affected areas in the Greater Equatoria Region.

  • Conflict and food insecurity continue to push people from South Sudan to neighbouring countries at an alarming rate (on average 2,800 people per day fleeing to Uganda alone), with the total number of South Sudanese displaced to the surrounding region reaching 1.6 million according to UNHCR.