WFP reached over one million people in April under its emergency (EMOP) and recovery-based (PRRO) operations. In spite of continuing access and security challenges, WFP was able to increase its life-saving food and nutrition assistance to 76% more vulnerable people across South Sudan than in January. In addition to providing emergency assistance to 594,000 IDPs and conflict-affected residents, WFP reached some 200,000 Sudanese refugees residing in camps in Upper Nile and Unity states with food and nutrition assistance as well as 280,000 people in the states not directly affected by conflict with nutrition, food-for-assets and food-for education activities.
Significant resources pledged by the donor community will help WFP to meet rising humanitarian needs. At the Oslo conference on 19 May, donors pledged a total of US$600 million for humanitarian activities in South Sudan. This much needed support will contribute to the crucial funding needed by WFP to scale up its emergency and recovery-based programmes to reach 3.2 million of the most vulnerable populations this year.
In addition to moving food by air and road, WFP Logistics has ramped up its efforts to increase food deliveries by river. In the past week, the river corridor via the Burbe river from Gambella, Ethiopia to Akobo, South Sudan, and nearby locations was operationalised. Some 620 mt of mixed commodities are being delivered by boat, which is enough to support over 35,000 conflict affected people with food for one month. In addition, WFP has received approval from South Sudanese authorities to transport food commodities via barge along the Nile, from Juba to conflict-affected location in the north of the country. The first barges are expected to be ready to leave within the next ten days.