Humanitarian Coordinator calls for urgent action to avert worsening food crisis in South Sudan
|Post date||Monday, 12 March, 2018 - 15:35|
The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudehou, today called for urgent action to avert a worsening food crisis in the country. Over 7 million people - almost two-thirds of the population - could become severely food insecure between May and July without sustained humanitarian assistance and access. Mr. Noudehou said funding is needed now to reach millions of people with assistance during the dry season through road transport and prepositioning of life-saving aid supplies. The same activities will be many times costlier if done by air transport during the rainy season.
- Mr. Noudehou led a high-level delegation of donors, heads of humanitarian agencies and partners to the area of Leer, in South Sudan’s Unity region, to see first-hand the plight of the 90,000 people living in the area. Although the famine there was stopped due to intensive humanitarian intervention, the situation remains fragile with about 85 per cent of the population predicted to reach crisis and emergency food insecurity conditions by the end of April.