South Sudan: Famine

Department for International Development written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department has allocated to humanitarian operations to takle the famine in South Sudan.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UN’s September Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report shows that South Sudanese people are experiencing food insecurity at unprecedented levels. A massive aid effort, which included £100 million provided by the Department for International Development, alleviated the famine declared in February this year. However, 6 million people, or 56% of the population, are now estimated to be severely food insecure, and 1.2 million are on the brink of famine.

The UK is at the forefront of the international response to the crisis. Through the Humanitarian and Resilience Building in South Sudan programme, the Department for International Development will provide £443 million in humanitarian aid between 2015 and 2020 to support the provision of food, emergency shelter, and nutrition and health services, including our response to famine and severe food insecurity.

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