Sudan: WFP Sudan Country Brief, May 2017
Food Assistance: So far this year, WFP South Sudan has dispatched 176,200 mt of food commodities by road, air and river including prepositioning needs. A total of 75,400 mt have been distributed to provide food assistance to 2.8 million people. Out of these, 1.1 million people were assisted through WFP’s integrated rapid response missions, including 408,000 people in the four counties where famine has either been declared or is likely to occur without humanitarian assistance (Leer, Mayendit, Koch and Panyijar). In response to the drastic increase in humanitarian needs, WFP continues to scale up its assistance in Eastern Equatoria, Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Warrap and Lakes states.
WFP-FAO joint high-level mission: WFP Executive Director, Mr. David Beasley, and Director General of FAO, Mr. José Graziano da Silva, visited South Sudan on a joint mission on 22 and 23 May. The objective of the high-level mission was to raise awareness of the ongoing humanitarian crisis and strengthen the collaboration with the Government of South Sudan and UN agencies. To this end, the delegation met with the First Vice president of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Taban Deng Gai, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG), Mr. David Shearer, and various donors in Juba. They visited people facing famine on the remote Kok Island, one of the hundreds of small islands surrounded by water which is one of the few places left for some people to keep their families safe. Moreover, they saw WFP planes airdropping lifesaving food for about 40,000 people in Ganyiel, Unity State where regular distributions of humanitarian aid have kept famine at bay. This was the first visit of the Director General of FAO and the newly appointed Executive Director to WFP operations in South Sudan since he assumed office in April.
WFP “Sky Pack System” Innovation: WFP South Sudan tested, for the first time, the so-called ‘sky pack system’ to airdrop High Energy Biscuits (HEB), ready-to use supplementary food (RUSF) as well as water, blankets and medical kits. The sky pack system is a box without parachute that contains small envelopes with the items. It opens when dropped, letting them slowly float to the ground. This will allow WFP and partners to reach people on the move and in need of humanitarian assistance without having presence on the ground. So far, WFP has performed two successful airdrops and plans to conduct another test in June.