South Sudanese trapped or displaced by fighting received livelihoods support

South Sudanese trapped or displaced by fighting received livelihoods support

27/03/2018

FAO’s emergency livelihood response programme in South Sudan assisted more than 4 million people in 2017. In an effort to reach those communities trapped by or seeking refuge from the conflict in hard-to- reach areas, FAO partnered with other humanitarian agencies to provide immediate, lifesaving support. Through the interagency rapid response mechanism, FAO swiftly provided assistance to enable some of the most at-risk South Sudanese to access food.

When fighting hits, families are forced to flee to remote areas. There, their access to food is extremely limited. In addition, the areas where they seek shelter are often difficult to reach by road due to damaged infrastructure and insecurity, meaning the only way to provide assistance is by air. FAO maintains stocks of rapid response kits ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.

Rapid response kits contain fast-maturing vegetable seeds and fishing equipment. Displaced families are immediately able to catch fish and rapidly grow food, to assure food availability and ultimately boost food security and nutrition. At the same time, partners in the rapid response mechanism, including the World Food Programme and the United Nations Children’s Fund, provided food, safe drinking water, shelter supplies and medicines.

More than 4 million South Sudanese have been displaced since mid- December 2013, around half of whom are sheltering in neighbouring countries. Continued violence, a deteriorating economy and climatic shocks are intensifying impacts of the crisis, hindering agricultural production and disrupting livelihoods.