United States provides $289 M to fight hunger in South Sudan

To prevent families from falling into more severe levels of acute hunger

A contribution of $288.5 million from the United States Government, through the U Agency for International Development (USAID), will help to support more than two million of the most food-insecure people in South Sudan with life-saving food and nutrition assistance through the 2023 lean season, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced.

South Sudan is facing one of its hungriest years since independence with 7.76 million people expected to be in crisis or worse levels of hunger (IPC3+). The lean season, the period between household food stocks running out and the next harvest, falls between April and August in South Sudan.

“A fourth year of record flooding, rising costs of food and energy, and ongoing conflict are disrupting lives and livelihoods and threatening to push millions of families further into hunger,” said Mary-Ellen McGroarty, WFP’s Country Director in South Sudan. 

The contribution from the United States will support the delivery of food to more than 2.2 million severely food-insecure women, children, and men across South Sudan through 2023. As the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance grows, sustainable funding from donors is more critical than ever to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.

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