WFP approves budget for 2017 South Sudan food aid


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said it has approved a budget revised for the Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) in which it seeks to provide food assistance to 1.1 million South Sudanese in 2017.

The UN food agency said in a report received on Monday that the assistance will focus on refugee populations and areas in the country that are more stable, where opportunities exist for transition and recovery activities.

“In advance of the 2017 prepositioning exercise, WFP is planning test convoys through access routes that have not been used during the rainy season or where insecurity has limited road movements,” the report said.

According to the agency, more than 1.2 million people have fled the country due to the violence while another 1.8 million people are internally displaced.

The PRRO will be implemented alongside the Emergency Operation (EMOP) which seeks to provide life-saving food assistance to 3 million people.