World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a $50 million grant from Crisis Response Window (CRW) to provide unconditional direct food assistance to counter starvation and prevent hunger-related deaths during the on-going famine in South Sudan. UN agencies like the WFP, UNICEF and FAO with deep on-the-ground experience in delivering services during such crisis will be contracted to reach the most vulnerable people.

The Emergency Food and Nutrition Security Project will benefit a segment of the 4.9 million extremely food insecure population in the country, currently affected by the famine as a result of conflict and drought. In addition, the project will support an integrated nutrition security intervention for children under 5, and pregnant and lactating women. It will also revitalise agricultural production in selected drought affected communities.