Responding to food crisis

South Sudan

Since the beginning of the conflict in 2013, millions of people are in need of food, healthcare, water and sanitation, and protection. War has resulted in innumerable lives lost and 1.9 million internally displaced.

National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are racing to help stop the crisis. Red Cross staff and volunteers – who live in the communities under threat – are working to break this preventable cycle of drought, food shortage, disease and death.

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Mary, Regina and Angelina stand proudly in front of their new garden they’ve built in their community in Panameth, Aweil East, South Sudan.

In pictures: Women tackle hunger in South Sudan Seeds and tools for mothers provide boost to family’s nutrition and livelihoods Written and photos by Corrie Butler Mary, Regina and Angelina stand proudly in front of the new garden they have built in th …

27 August 2018

The South Sudan Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management (MHADM), with the support of the South Sudan Red Cross (SSRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), as well as other partners, has been able to develop a National Disaster Risk Management (NDRM) Policy that is hoped to offer the stepping stone in the development of sound legal frameworks on disaster management in the country. Additionally, due to the complexity of the humanitarian situation in the country, the MHADM has sought and received support in this process from various in-country International organisations such as UNDP, the Partners for Resilience and the Canadian and Netherlands Red Cross.

10 July 2018

Red Cross is supporting some of the most remote and vulnerable communities, impacted by disaster and conflict, including those internally displaced, returnees, host families, women, children and the elderly.

6 June 2018

Our three key priorities are to:

  • Reach remote and underserviced areas.
  • Respond through our volunteer network to help communities prevent and treat malnutrition and disease.
  • Build community resilience through programmes that restore dignity and strengthen food security and reduce need in the future.


The needs are dire across South Sudan. Numbers of internally displaced people, refugees and host families are rising. According to IFRC’s latest needs assessment, more than half of families in Aweil East and Kapoeta East do not have essential household items such as blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, cooking utensils and tools to repair their homes or establish temporary shelters. Emergency shelter and non-food items are critical in ensuring immediate survival and early recovery of those impacted by conflict and natural disaster.

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A joint approach

In a new approach to coordination – the movement response plan – IFRC and ICRC have come together to support the South Sudan Red Cross in responding to the critical needs of the most vulnerable. Reaching some of the most remote and hard-to-reach communities, the South Sudan Red Cross is supporting 105,000 people who are severely food insecure in three areas of the country: Aweil East and Central, Kapoeta East and Yirol East.

IFRC, ICRC and its Red Cross partners focuses on building the capacity of the South Sudan Red Cross to ensure their short and longer-term efforts continue to meet the urgent needs of people now and for future emergencies.

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Our impact

The IFRC is supporting South Sudan Red Cross in providing the following:

  • 105,000 people to receive essential household items, such as sleeping mats, mosquito nets, buckets, soap, tarpaulins and kitchen sets.
  • 30,000 people to be given basic agricultural support including seeds and essential farming tools.
  • 37,400 people to be given access to safe water for drinking.
  • 19,200 people to receive preventative health care information and nutritional education.
  • 13,800 people to receive psychological first aid to those impacted by conflict or natural disaster.

Key figures

2 million

People needed emergency shelter and non-food items across South Sudan

50 per cent

Families in Aweil East and Kapoeta East with no access to essential household items

90 per cent

Lack access to basic sanitation, including toilets

Highlights in 2017


people in Aweil East have received emergency shelter and household kits


volunteers have been trained in community-based health and first aid, water and sanitation, and psychosocial support


staff and volunteers trained in mobile phone rapid needs assessments – a new approach to response


As of 30-01-2018