Photo: WFP/Arete/Patrick Meinhardt/2023

South Sudan

Hunger and Climate Crisis

South Sudan already faced a massive humanitarian crisis driven by relentless climate extremes. Now, the conflict in neighboring Sudan is driving up the cost of food and pushing more people into hunger. 

Families need food now.

Record Levels of Hunger

A  hunger emergency is looming on the border between South Sudan and Sudan. More than 640,000 people have fled the conflict in Sudan to find safety in South Sudan. These families arrive in a country already grappling with years of flooding, drought, increasing violence and surging food and fuel prices.

4 Years

of consecutive floods


people are facing extreme hunger


people are internally displaced

what’s driving hunger in South sudan?


The violent conflict in Sudan is fueling a massive displacement crisis, including an influx of more than 600,000 refugees and returnees into South Sudan. As the war continues, people continue to flee with up to 2,000 people crossing the border into South Sudan every day.


Photo: WFP/Hugh Rutherford/2024

Climate Extremes

Since early 2021, South Sudan has experienced severe flooding. Large swathes of land are permanently submerged. In other parts of the country, drought, irregular rainfall and prolonged dry spells are driving hunger. These climate shocks have made it impossible for many farmers to grow enough food. 

Photo: WFP/Gabriela Vivacqua/2022

Rising Prices

The conflict in Sudan has also contributed to hyperinflation and rapid currency depreciation in South Sudan. The rising costs of basic foods could push 1 million more people into extreme hunger.

The economic crisis is impacting people living below the poverty line the most, with families reporting that almost 80% of their income is spent on food.

Photo: WFP/Eulalia Berlanga/2023
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WFP’s Crisis Response in South Sudan

The U.N. World Food Programme has been providing lifesaving support to millions of people in virtually all areas of the country that are accessible since independence in 2011 (and as part of Sudan since 1963).

Food & Cash

Food assistance is essential to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan. In 2023, WFP reached 3.6 million crisis-affected people,
including returnees and refugees, with food and cash-based transfers.

Photo: WFP/Gabriela Vivacqua/2022

The right nutrition at the right time can save lives. Last year, WFP provided 1.5 million children under 5 and pregnant and breastfeeding women with specialized nutritious foods to treat and prevent acute malnutrition.

Photo: WFP/Hugh Rutherford/2021
Climate Projects

WFP helps communities prepare for, cope with and recover from extreme weather events. Through resilience-building projects, WFP helps people build flood control dams and plant drought-tolerant crops.

Photo: WFP/Eulalia Berlanga/2021

Airdrops are a last resort for families trapped in dangerous, inaccessible areas. These places are cut off by conditions that make roads impassable. Airdrops allow WFP to reach these areas with emergency food.

Photo: Stefanie Glinski
Photo: WFP/Gabriela Vivacqua/2022

Help Save Lives

People in countries like South Sudan are suffering from simultaneous droughts and floods. Your gift will deliver critical lifesaving food.