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WFP approves $3.7 billion for South Sudan strategic plan 2023-2025

Author: Chany Ninrew | Published: Saturday, November 19, 2022

A South Sudanese woman receiving food provided by Humanitarian organizations in South Sudan - Credit: UNOCHA

The United Nations food agency – World Food Program has approved a budget of 3.7 billion US dollars to fund its 3-year strategic plan for South Sudan.

The funding was allocated on Wednesday during a meeting of Vice President Rebecca Nyandeng with the executive board of the UN agency in Rome, Italy.

In a press statement on Friday, the office of the vice president said the finance will be used to provide emergency food assistance to needy populations – and build the capacity and resilience of communities.

“The strategy will not only continue to focus on emergency food distributions but will also expand on WFP activities in building capacity and resilience,” reads the statement.

The budget is expected to reach over 7 million people through a number of food security projects, and adaptation and resilience initiatives across the country.

“The plan will increase on projects in a variety of areas including: nutrition, school feeding, agriculture, community resilience, adaptation to climate change, repairing roads and dykes, supporting peace-building initiatives and more.” 

On Wednesday, Vice President Rebecca Nyandeng accompanied WFP’s Country Director for South Sudan Adeyinka Badejo to the Italian capital – Rome. 

The delegation attended the session of the WFP Executive Board and gave an update on the humanitarian situation in the country.

Vice President Rebecca Nyandeng (center/in red) meet the Executive Board of the World Food Program in Rome, Italy. (Photo: Office of the Vice President).
According to the agency, the approved budget for the Country Strategic Plan has not been mobilized, although the vice president has met with several donor nations in an attempt to lobby for more support.
South Sudan is under extreme levels of food insecurity and malnutrition – making it one of the worst food insecurity emergencies in the world, according to agencies.

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