A joint consortium involving the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has secured an additional contribution of €11.6 million from the European Union (EU) to provide emergency food assistance to 3.9 million people at risk of famine in South Sudan this year.
In reference to the looming food insecurity in the country, the funding allows WFP to provide life-saving food assistance and nutrition support to millions of people in South Sudan and assist vulnerable families in a cost-efficient manner. Pregnant or breastfeeding women and children under five receive especially nutritious products to treat malnutrition or protect them against it.
According to Matthew Hollingworth, WFP’s Country Director in South Sudan. Families trying to survive in remote areas are already experiencing catastrophic hunger in South Sudan, with pockets of population facing famine-like conditions. Food insecurity in the country is now at its highest ever levels. The funds from the European Union will also ensure the much needed help is delivered as required with ensuring that no one is left behind.
The Head of the EU Humanitarian Aid Office in Juba Olivier Beucher has said most of the communities in South Sudan are facing a critical food shortage and this leaves the citizens in a dire situation leading to severe nutrition problems. The EU official said they will continue to support partners such as WFP in order to provide life-saving food assistance to the most vulnerable people suffering the effects of conflict, major flooding, and COVID-19.
A decade after the country declared independence, intensified sub-national violence, two consecutive years of unprecedented flooding and the economic impact of COVID-19 have pushed millions of people into severe food insecurity and poverty so they need assistance to survive. Sixty percent of the country’s entire population is suffering from increasing hunger, with hundreds of thousands on the brink of starvation. The current lean season is projected to be the worst ever in terms of severity.
The EU contribution is a top-up from the original allocation that the European Union designated for WFP’s operations in South Sudan in 2021, increasing the total amount from €6.8 million to €18.4 million.
The European Union is a long-standing partner of WFP in South Sudan, supporting both its emergency and development work. The EU, through humanitarian and development funding, has contributed €107 million to WFP’s operations in the country since 2017.
Additionally, the United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and are now the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.
The EU, together with its member states, is the largest donor of humanitarian aid in the world. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity with people in need around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and dignity of people affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.
Through its Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department, the European Union helps millions of victims of conflict and disasters every year. With its headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the EU provides assistance to the most vulnerable people based on their humanitarian needs.
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