An update on WFP’s Five Level 3 Emergencies 

WFP’s Response To Ebola Emergency: WFP has launched a regional emergency operation which will provide food assistance to around 1.3 million people in the three most affected countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Food is being distributed to people under medical quarantine, people under treatment, and their relatives. We are working alongside national governments, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners, For more info see here:

Photo: WFP/Frances Kennedy

Central African Republic: Twelve months after the last such survey, a nationwide assessment is about to get underway in Central African Republic to measure how ‘food secure’ families now are. The Emergency Food Security Assessment is being carried out by WFP, C.A.R. authorities and NGO partners so they can see how to respond better to the needs of the population. For more info see here:

Photo: WFP/Donaig Le Du

Iraq: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed delivering food assistance in al-Anbar Governorate for the first time since May, targeting a total of 76,000 people with urgently needed food. For more info see here:’s-largest-governorate-al-anbar

Photo: WFP/Alessandro Pavone

South Sudan: South Sudan’s rainy season brings months of intense downpours. For aid agencies such as the World Food Programme (WFP), the country’s limited road infrastructure makes moving humanitarian supplies difficult – particularly in the rainy season.  After reports that swamped roads were blocking trucks on a route vital for food delivery, WFP dispatched a team to assess the situation. For more info see here:

Photo: WFP/Giulio d’Adamo

Syria: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) dispatched food to a record-breaking number of 4.1 million people inside war-ravaged Syria in August due to improved access with increased cross-line operations within Syria and more cross-border convoys. For more info see here:

Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa

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Koch, South Sudan, July 2014

A total of 21,000 people in Koch have registered to receive rations.  Even before the conflict, Koch was considered one of the most food insecure areas of the country and is now currently at emergency levels under the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) system.  The situation has been exacerbated by disrupted markets, fighting and roads closed due to seasonal rains.

WFP and partners in South Sudan have so far managed to reach more than 1.1 million people affected by the conflict, overcoming enormous challenges to reach people in very difficult circumstances. The agency currently has a funding shortfall of $475 million. 

Photos: WFP/Jaqueline Dent

South Sudanese Refugees Worry About Future 

The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan is becoming a regional tragedy. Tens of thousands have fled South Sudan, many to Ethiopia. Many say they had to flee mainly because of the conflict but also because there was no food or water back home. WFP is providing food assistance, including High Energy Biscuits, and nutritious food supplements for those who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition.

 In the photos: WFP implementing partner Concern measures the arm circumference of children to assess their nutritional state and to provide fortified supplementary food to the mothers and children in need.

All photos: UNMISS/JC McIlwaine

Over a million South Sudanese have been displaced by the on-going conflict since December. WFP continues to provide food by any means possible to those in need. Here are nine key facts about the hunger crisis in South Sudan.

1. South Sudan ranks as the 11th country in the world for child hunger, with 32.5% of children under the age of 5 underweight.

2. Even before the current conflict, 50.6% of South Sudan’s population lived below the poverty line.

3. South Sudan was making progress against hunger before the conflict. Experts said that ‘food security’ in 2013 was better than it had been in 5 years.

4. With over a million people forced from their homes, the conflict is reversing some of the progress made recently.  

5. Disruption to trade routes and food markets mean the conflict is increasing hunger even in areas not affected by the fighting.

6. About 60% of South Sudan is inaccessible by road during the rainy season, complicating relief efforts by WFP and other agencies.

7. Around 803,000 people are displaced inside South Sudan. Having lost their livelihoods, almost all need food assistance.

8. Some 270,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries since December. Between 4,000 and 5,000 pour into Ethiopia weekly, many with high rates of malnutrition.

9. WFP has reached more than 502,000 people affected by the conflict so far.  In total, WFP aims to assist roughly 2.5 million people in South Sudan.

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Photos: WFP/Giulio d’Adamo

South Sudan, Mingkamam (Lakes State), 4 April 2014

Working with NGO partners in the country, WFP has reached more than 502,000 people affected by the conflict and is expanding assistance each day to reach more people in need of support. WFP plans to assist an additional 275,000 in the next month through the use of a combination of airdrops, airlifts and river transport.

Mobile distribution teams are being deployed in remote, hard-to-reach areas in order to support the crisis response.  The teams now include staff from other UN agencies including UNICEF, and in the coming weeks will be expanded to include FAO and NGO partners.  Teams are currently in the field providing food assistance in Akobo (Jonglei State), Nyal and Mayendit (Unity State) and Kodok (Upper Nile). WFP mobile teams have previously distributed assistance to some 85,000 conflict-affected people in five locations: Ganyiel (Unity State), Old Fangak, Lankien and Pibor (Jonglei State) and Nassir County (Upper Nile State.)

WFP continues to assist people sheltering in UN compounds and other IDP populations. More than 67,000 people are sheltering in UN compounds.
 WFP is facing serious challenges in transporting food to deep field locations due to access and security concerns. This is hampering our annual pre-positioning exercise, in which we stock up warehouses in areas that will become inaccessible when the rains start in April/May. 
Despite immense challenges due to insecurity, including looting and commandeering of trucks belonging to commercial transporters contracted by WFP, we have dispatched more than 41,000 metric tons of food around the country since the start of the year.

In the photos:  as WFP extends its activities to reach more and more people affected by the conflict in remote areas of South Sudan, it is also continuing to assist tens of thousands people sheltering in Mingkamam, where WFP has been providing food assistance since December.

Mingkamam in the Lakes State hosts about 85,000 internally displaced people. Many of them used boats to cross the White Nile from Bor in neighbouring Jonglei State to find safety in Mingkamam, which is in Awerial County.

Photos: WFP/Giulio d’Adamo

South Sudan: South Sudanese Need Food And Peace

The ongoing conflict in South Sudan is uprooting families and paralysing the food markets they depend on. Thousands are forced to flee their homes.

A joint report by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) found that the States most affected by the conflict (Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity) were also the most food insecure prior to the conflict. These are also the areas with the highest deficits in cereal production — large amounts must be trucked in to supply markets. Even in good times, people in these states spend most of their income on food.

 “The crisis is hurting food security in South Sudan in part because of disruption to trade routes and food markets. WFP will continue using airdrops and airlifts, as well as land transport using trucks, to get food supplies to the displaced people.”

We have provided lifesaving food assistance and nutrition support to nearly 800,000 people in South Sudan since the crisis began in mid-December, including more than 450,000 people displaced or directly affected by the conflict. Food assistance has also gone to another 335,000 people enrolled in existing projects for refugees or other vulnerable groups. The goal is to scale up assistance to support 2.5 million people in South Sudan over the coming months.

All photos Tongping IDP camp: WFP/Giulio d’Adamo

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Uganda, February 2014

The dream of independence in the new country of South Sudan was shattered with the outbreak of fierce fighting in mid-December 2013. Tens of thousands of people fled to safety in neighboring countries, particularly Uganda. WFP is providing food for the newly arriving refugees. Despite the challenges, the WFP team had provided food assistance to around 220,000 people by the first week in February, and is reaching more people every day – including both those sheltering in UNMISS bases, and people who have fled to more remote, hard-to-access areas. WFP is updating its emergency response plan, aiming to provide food assistance to some 1.3 million people over the next five months, a reflection of the degree to which the conflict has affected the country’s overall food security, especially in the states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.

South Sudanese refugees cross the border into the adjumani district in Uganda and are received at the Nyumazi refugee camp wjhere they receive food assistance from WFP.

 All photos: WFP/Tine Frank

From 28th to 31st January 2013, about 150 people from around the world will gather together at the FAO Headquarters in Rome for the WFP/P4P Annual Consultation.   As we enter the fifth and final year of the P4P pilot, this forum will provide a unique opportunity to reflect on the past four years and explore ways of moving forward together.    The meeting will take place over four days, with two days for discussion with all participants and two days for internal discussions.   In addition to WFP HQ and field staff, other participants will include government partners, private sector, agricultural institutions, donors and non-governmental organizations.

Top Photo: Honduras, La Merced de Chirina, Jamastran, Danli, El Paraiso, April 2010

Purchase for Progress (P4P) contributes to poverty reduction in Honduras by supporting the agricultural production of small-scale farmers and connecting them to the local market.  P4P offers a reliable market opportunity to small holders by purchasing corn and beans to distribute through school meals.
Currently, 13,000 small-scale farmers are benefitting from this project, many of them women.

Juan Martinez – is a small beans producer and he is so happy with the result of his plot. He has been supported with training and products by WFP.

Photo: WFP/Gracia Maria Espinal

Bottom left Photo: Malawi, June 2010

Landlocked Malawi, which is currently ranked 164 out of 177 on the Human Development Index, is a low-income, food-deficient and least developed country with the majority of its population of 12 million living below the poverty line.
WFP is working to connect farmers in Malawi to markets through the Purchase for Progress initiative.
P4P will contribute to the efforts by the Malawi Government in its quest to eradicate poverty and improve the welfare of Malawians by increasing income and capacity of smallholder farmers to efficiently produce
quality commodities beyond subsistence.

The P4P project aims at strengthening the productive and marketing capacities of small and low-income farmers to enable them to take advantage of the marketing opportunities beyond WFP.
WFP’s entry point to improving low-income farmers’ access to markets is to create a platform of substantial and stable demand for food staples.
Together with supply side investment and capacity building, the demand is to stimulate an increase in yields and increased volume of marketable surpluses.

Photo: WFP/Charles Hatch-Barnwell

Bottom right Photo: South Sudan, State of Central Equatoria, Kajo Keji, December 2011

P4P in South Sudan focuses its activities on enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of farmers by offering a market outlet to farmers organizations and traders, building the local capacities to process and store the grain efficiently, manage warehouses, and facilitating access to credit through guaranteed contracts. P4P and its partners work to increase farmers’ production and enhance their ability to compete in the commercial market, as well as developing market infrastructure in the form of warehouse facilities. To enable the farmers, P4P and its partners provide training in agricultural practices and facilitate access to credit through guaranteed contracts.

Since October 2010, more than 360,000 South Sudanese have returned back to the newly independent South Sudan. In mid-December Edward Kiju, Celina Poni and their families returned back to Kajo-Keji in the southern part of the country after spending most of their lives in neighbouring Uganda. WFP, who is committed to support all returnees arriving South Sudan is taking the opportunity to assist around 50 farmers with food locally produced in the Kajo-Keji area. Thanks to an already functional farmers association in the area, P4P South Sudan managed to mobilise a total of 18 metric tons of maize which is successfully being distributed to the returnees.
Photo: WFP/Ahnna Gudmunds

The set of photographs represents events tied to the World Food Programme that took place during 2012.

South Sudan, Maban, Yusuf Batil refugee camp, July 2012

Poor harvests, soaring food and fuel prices, conflict and displacement have led to rising hunger and malnutrition in South Sudan. Rains have intensified in the northern border states, and although food has been prepositioned, rising numbers of refugees from the Republic of Sudan mean increasing logistical challenges. While WFP is providing lifesaving food to meet the immediate needs of the hungry, we are also supporting agriculture and infrastructure projects to build longer-term food security in the new nation. WFP plans to provide food assistance to some 2.9 million people in South Sudan this year through general food distributions, nutrition activities, school meals, providing food for institutions and food-for-assets projects. WFP will target 600,000 children, pregnant women and nursing mothers with the vital nutrition they need, deploying smart foods like Plumpy’sup and Super Cereal to prevent irreversible damage to children’s brains and bodies from lack of nutrition. A recent Food Security and Monitoring System assessment indicates malnutrition rates among children under 5 have reached levels above the global acute malnutrition rate emergency threshold (15 percent) in four states. 

Top Photo: A woman using traditional method to carry her bags of food assistance provided to refugees by WFP at the Yusuf Batil refugee camp.

Left Photo: Man pours grains into a bag during July food distribution for refugees at the Yusuf Batil refugee camp in South Sudan.

Right Photo: Women return to shelters after receiving food assistance provided by WFP at Yusuf Batil refugee Camp.

Photos: WFP/George Fominyen