WFP South Sudan Country Brief, March 2019

In Numbers

14,511 mt of food and nutrition assistance distributed

US$ 2.65 m cash-based transfers done*

US$ 246.4 m six months (April- September 2019) net funding requirements

1.71 m people assisted in December 2018

Operational Updates

South Sudan continues to experience extreme levels of food insecurity, with 6.45 million or 57 percent of the population projected to be food insecure during February-April 2019.

The latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report (IPC) released on 22 February also warns that nearly 7 million people � 60 percent of the population � could face acute food insecurity at the height of this lean season (May to July). The report highlights a worsening food security situation across the country as the number of people needing food assistance in the post-harvest period has increased by 13 percent in January 2019 since January last year. The deterioration is attributed to conflict-driven displacement, low crop production, economic crisis, climatic shocks and humanitarian access challenges. There is an urgent need for more funds to scale up humanitarian assistance to save lives and protect livelihoods, as well as assistance to rebuild assets and promote livelihoods.

Following the latest Integrated Food Security Classification Phase (IPC) findings, WFP has re-prioritized and re-allocated its response. Considering the results, adjustments have been made for responses in Wau (Greater Baggari and Bazia), Aweil East, Awerial, Cueibet, Canal/Pigi, Leer, Mayendit, Yirol West, Yirol East, Jur River, Pochalla, Abiemnhom, Aweil Centre, Juba and Aweil South.

WFP and cooperating partners distributed 14,511mt of food and nutrition assistance and USD 2.65 million in cash-based transfers to 1.71 million food and nutrition insecure people in South Sudan during February. So far in 2019, 1.71 million unique beneficiaries were reached by WFP, 56 percent female and 10 percent children under five years of age.

WFP supported the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare (MGCSW) to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March. The MGCSW called for a meaningful action to reach the Government’s target of at least 35 percent representation of women in decision-making roles across the country. WFP continues to work closely with the Ministry to coordinate national level Social Protection initiatives with transformative potential, through various activities implemented across the country harvest losses, stimulating production and offering a market outlet to farmers.

As part of its strategy to promote operational efficiency gains, WFP further reduced its air fleet capacity for South Sudan operations from 4 to 3 ilyushin 76 (IL 76) and from 6 to 4 helicopters. The reduction was made possible due to the expansion of river and road operations to Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) and Nutrition locations, previously served by air. In 2019, WFP has so far delivered more food by river than by air.

The UN Partner Portal for South Sudan was launched in South Sudan on 13 March through an event organized by the NGO Forum. The UN Partner Portal is an online platform designed to streamline, simplify and strengthen partnerships between UN agencies and civil society organizations. The Portal is an inter-agency initiative currently sponsored by UNHCR, UNICEF, and WFP, with more UN partners anticipated to join in the near future. The online platform will enable civil society organizations and NGOs to register directly with the UN, submit concept notes on innovative projects and to receive feedback on these.

WFP looks forward to work closely with partners to make this initiative a success, and a turning point in strengthening multi sectorial and integrated programming for the resilience of the people of South Sudan

Source: World Food Programme