World Food Programme pledges to help IDPs

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The World Food Programme (WFP) has pledged to reach more internally displaced people in areas worst affected by the conflict in South Sudan. The UN food organization has also assured that it will improve the livelihoods of communities in areas not directly affected by the conflict.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has pledged to reach more internally displaced people in areas worst affected by the conflict in South Sudan. The UN food organization has also assured that it will improve the livelihoods of communities in areas not directly affected by the conflict.

 

The WFP made the pledge ahead of the World Food Day that will be observed on Thursday, 16th October.

The Deputy Country Director, Edie Rowe, says there is a need for humanitarian agencies to widen their activities in conflict areas and focus on development and sustainable programmes.

 We will continue to save lives and avert famine, and in areas where we have opportunities, we will work with communities to improve on their food security and also develop very robust resilience programmes that will allow these communities to develop,” said Rowe.

Despite the effect of ongoing conflict, farmers in Upper Nile are harvesting this year’s produce of Simsim and other crops.

Harvests have been realized from 15,000 acres in Renk and Melut, the only counties where cultivation took place, while the fighting is on in the State. 

The Deputy Secretary General of the state farmers union, Haj Weil Lual, says their produce will be sold to Sudanese traders across the border.

 “We managed to cultivate this season, thank God…The government has not sent us any money, but we cultivated Simsim in Renk and Melut counties. No any other areas cultivated in Malakal, Akobo, Baleit and Mang. Thank God the army secured the area for the workers to go to the fields to harvest,” he said.

In Upper Nile, Jonglei and Unity states, farmers did not cultivate for the whole year because of conflict. The hunger is looming in these areas and there is urgent need for

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