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U.N. Expresses Concern Over Food Security In South Sudan; WFP Launches Food Aid Operation

News outlets outline U.N. concerns over food security in South Sudan and a World Food Programme three-month food aid operation in the country.

Alliance News: U.N. agency pledges USD57.8 Million In Food Aid To South Sudan
“The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said Monday it is stepping up efforts to provide emergency food aid to conflict-stricken South Sudan. The Rome-based organization pledged 57.8 million dollars to fund a three-month operation aimed at providing food aid to as many as 400,000 people displaced within South Sudan…” (1/13).

U.N. News Centre: Hunger looms in South Sudan as fighting threatens to disrupt agriculture, U.N. warns
“United Nations food agencies are ramping up their relief efforts in South Sudan, warning that the fighting there threatens to increase hunger and unravel the modest gains made in food security in the two years since the country seceded from Sudan and became the world’s youngest nation…” (1/13).

World Food Programme: WFP Expands Assistance To South Sudanese, Condemns Looting Of Supplies
“The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a new emergency operation to expand assistance to people affected by the crisis in South Sudan and is working to overcome challenges preventing urgently needed relief from reaching those who need it. The US$57.8 million, three-month operation aims to provide emergency food assistance to up to 400,000 internally displaced people, including specialized nutritional support for new mothers and young children who are most at risk from a disruption in their food supply…” (1/13).