WFP South Sudan Situation Report #240, 1 March 2019

Highlights

South Sudan continues to experience extreme levels of food insecurity, with 6.17 million or 54 percent of the population being food insecure in January 2019.

WFP and National Relief and Rehabilitation Commission representatives met on February 20th to discuss a coordinated response towards improving humanitarian access in the country.

In Numbers

6.17 million people facing acute food insecurity in January 2019 (IPC)

2.1 million acutely malnourished women and children (HRP)

1.42 million people assisted by WFP in January 2019

1.76 million internally displaced people (OCHA)

2.47 million South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR)

Situation Update

South Sudan continues to experience extreme levels of food insecurity, with 6.17 million or 54 percent of the population being food insecure in January 2019. The latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report (IPC) released on 22 February 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 further 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.

WFP and National Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) representatives met on 20 February to discuss a coordinated response towards improving humanitarian access in the country. The meeting aimed at reviewing the impact of numerous road blocks hampering the delivery of humanitarian assistance and cargo. President Salva Kiir recently reissued an order for unhindered humanitarian access and, although the number of illegal check points have reduced, joint efforts for improvements are necessary, particularly at state level.

Following the high-level meeting, WFP and RRC jointly organized a workshop on 22 February that brought together various ministries, humanitarian agencies and other key stakeholders, with the objective of achieving a common understanding of what the humanitarian access issues are and to formulate a solution and a way forward. Plans to continue rolling out the workshop in other areas of South Sudan to continue looking for solutions at the state level are underway.

Source: World Food Programme

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