WFP South Sudan Situation Report #219, 11 May 2018
• WFP has so far prepositioned 105,000 mt - equivalent to 75 percent of the 140,000 mt target and is now racing against time to complete the exercise before the onset of the main rainy season.
WFP is pre-positioning food before many communities become inaccessible by road during the rainy season which cuts access to 60 percent of the country.
• WFP is concerned about the situation in Southern Unity, and the risk to reach Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5), in the continued absence of all forms of humanitarian assistance. WFP is coordinating with partners to plan assessments and response accordingly.
• South Sudan’s food security situation is alarming with as many as 7.1 million people – more than half the population – expected to experience severe food gaps. Without immediate food assistance, their situation is expected to deteriorate. This is one of the main findings in the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report released in February 2018.
• WFP released on 3 May the rapid appraisal conducted in Guer (Nyirol county, Bieh State). This indicates that overall the situation of food security, nutrition, WASH and health is very poor and has deteriorated due to floods and conflict.
• WFP conducted a rapid assessment in Boma on 4 May. Initial results show significant difference between those communities at higher altitudes and with less access to livestock – these having high proxy Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rates – compared to those that are near cattle herds.
• Communities in Boma are estimated to have two to three weeks worth of food available. Some families have planted crops and potential harvest is expected in July. WFP is putting together a response plan to meet the needs in and around Boma town. Similarly, the Pibor assessment shows widespread severe food insecurity in areas surrounding Pibor town.