World Bank has offered new financing to address acute Food Insecurity and Desert Locust Crisis. South Sudan will get 116 million US dollars hoping to strengthen the capacity of farmers, improve agricultural production, and restore livelihoods and food security.
The country is facing increasing levels of food insecurity despite increased production, with exceptionally high food prices constraining access to food for large segments of the population and desert locusts devouring crops.
According to the World Bank projection, 7.2 million people will face acute food insecurity in the coming months, which is the highest number since South Sudan’s independence.
“South Sudan Resilient Agricultural Livelihoods Project (RALP) provides a grant of $62.5 million that will support investments in training for farmers to help them efficiently manage their organizations, adopt new technology, and use climate-smart agriculture practices to boost their yields. It will also invest in tools, machinery, and seeds required to improve productivity.”
World Bank allocated $53.7 million to boost South Sudan’s response to desert locusts by restoring livelihoods for the poorest and strengthening the country’s preparedness systems through Emergency Locust Response Project (ELRP).
Mr. Ousmane Dione is the World Bank Country Director for Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Sudan. He said the money would ensure direct income to the most vulnerable households to produce more food for themselves and local markets.
“These two timely projects provide a mix of investments in social protection and agriculture to address drivers of both acute and chronic food insecurity. The implementation modality supports a broader agenda of institutional capacity building for the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, and we look forward to collaborating closely with the government and other development partners to ensure that no one goes hungry,” said Dione.
The two grants will be the first World Bank-financed projects since 2018 to be implemented through government systems, specifically the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.