Rapid Response Missions in South Sudan

Sep 2017

In 2017, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in South Sudan set up a new mechanism to respond to people severely affected by conflict, in the shortest possible period of time. A stock of 30 000 livelihood emergency kits per year is allocated to be dispatched at a moments notice to react and swiftly address the needs of communities to help them recover from looting or survive in the areas they have sought refuge. Rapid response missions are initiated on the basis of assessments done by the humanitarian community right after the area is accessible after active fighting to assist the affected communities.

During these missions, the communities receive not only livelihood inputs, but also contributions from other humanitarian partners such as non-food items for shelter, safe access to drinking water and food. In South Sudan access to affected communities comes with many challenges such as security and lack of infrastructure for the transportation of goods such as roads and/or landing strips. From February to September 2017, FAO has reached 11 580 households (69 480 beneficiaries), and will continue to respond to extremely vulnerable communities throughout the year.