ICSP approved at EB November 2017 session.
As a result of civil war since December 2013, South Sudan is experiencing a prolonged crisis exacerbated by mass population displacement and a collapsing economy, with declining food security and nutrition. Apart from slight seasonal variations, global acute malnutrition remains above the emergency threshold in most of the country. In 2017 famine was declared in two counties; early detection followed by immediate and sustained humanitarian assistance prevented expansion or deepening of famine conditions.
The extent of conflict and instability in 2017 prevented a full strategic review of government priorities for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals on which WFP would base a country strategic plan. WFP has instead consulted government entities, United Nations agencies, cooperating partners, non-governmental organizations and donors to develop this interim plan. The interim country strategic plan is based on the most likely scenario for 2018–2020: increased conflict throughout the country spreading to new areas and groups, political instability, displacement and economic collapse with a resulting fall in household purchasing power and reduced crop production.
The interim country strategic plan assumes that South Sudan will continue to rely on WFP for food and nutrition assistance for much of its population until 2020, requiring WFP’s continuing leadership to mobilize life-saving food-based responses and improve the nutrition status and protection of vulnerable people while enhancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.
WFP will help to increase the impact of humanitarian assistance on the resilience and future self-reliance of communities by creating and expanding delivery systems that support community empowerment. WFP will engage more directly with communities and civil society to progress towards