News / Africa

FAO Scales Up South Sudan Aid Efforts

In this photo taken from Video provided by Associated Press on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, a malnourished child is fed by her mother, in a Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders) hospital, in Leer, South Sudan. Bodies stuffed in wells. Houses burn
In this photo taken from Video provided by Associated Press on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, a malnourished child is fed by her mother, in a Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders) hospital, in Leer, South Sudan. Bodies stuffed in wells. Houses burn

Multimedia

Audio
Joe DeCapua
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization is scaling-up and extending its emergency operations in South Sudan. However, humanitarian efforts are being slowed by heavy rains. FAO Special Adviser Marjolaine Greentree said conditions are going from bad to worse.

“The humanitarian situation in South Sudan is really very dire," she said. "And we have just a few days left before the end of the planting season for the crops. [At] the same time the rains have started very, very strongly and making the few roads quite impassable.”
 
Listen to De Capua report on FAO aid in South Sudan
Listen to De Capua report on FAO aid in South Sudani
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

With the roads washed out or too muddy to use, the FAO is using other means to deliver aid.
 
Greentree said, “We have gone from road convoys to airlifts – and now for some places you cannot even land. So we have gone to the last resort solution, which is organizing air drops. This is a first for FAO, by the way, but the conditions here are quite extreme.”
 
Airdrops are much more complex and expensive than airlifts. And special precautions need to be taken to ensure aid packages hit the ground in one piece, even seed packages.
 
“Usually when we do an airlift or we transport by truck the seeds are in one bag. In order to be sure that they would not explode on landing we had to wrap them six times,” she said.
 
Wrapping them in six bags instead of one, means aid deliveries take a lot more time to prepare and take up a lot more space on the plane.
 
The seeds are part of 110,000 emergency livelihood kits that contain not only crop and vegetable seeds, but farming tools, fishing gear and livestock health products. Those kits will support 1.3 million people.
 
Greentree said current efforts can help ensure South Sudanese simply have enough to eat.
 
“The food security situation is worsening. We have more than 3.5 million people who are currently suffering from crisis of all emergency levels of food insecurity. And that means they are not able to meet their basic survival needs.”
 
When that happens, there’s the risk people will use – what’s called – extreme coping measures. That is, they sell their property to buy food, including what seeds they may have along with farming tools. And they may also sell their livestock, which is of critical importance to livelihoods in South Sudan.


The FAO is scaling-up operations over the next three months, but it says it needs more funding. The U.N. agency has received $42million from donors, but needs $108 million to continue its Crisis Response Plan through next March. It said if it does receive full funding, the number of people it’s able to support could increase from 1.3 million to 2.7 million next year.

You May Like

China’s Influence Grows With New Infrastructure Bank

Multibillion-dollar China-backed and BRICS-supported Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank seen as possible challenger to such lenders as IMF, World Bank More

Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

Rabbi Michel Serfaty makes the rounds in his friendship bus to encourage dialogue and break down barriers between the two groups More

Post-deal Iran Leaders Need 'Economic Momentum' to Solidify

Economists say deal could inject more than $100 billion into coffers - not enough to entirely rescue ailing economy - but maybe adequate to create 'economic momentum' More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Gay Marriage Ruling Yields Real-life Impacti
X
Michael Bowman
June 28, 2015 10:05 PM
Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States is an outcome few thought possible just years ago, and shows a nation that increasingly tolerates and even celebrates the hopes and aspirations of gay people. VOA’s Michael Bowman spoke to a same-sex couple that will benefit from the high court ruling, and to a Christian scholar who is apprehensive about its potential consequences for America’s faith community.
Video

Video US Gay Marriage Ruling Yields Real-life Impact

Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States is an outcome few thought possible just years ago, and shows a nation that increasingly tolerates and even celebrates the hopes and aspirations of gay people. VOA’s Michael Bowman spoke to a same-sex couple that will benefit from the high court ruling, and to a Christian scholar who is apprehensive about its potential consequences for America’s faith community.
Video

Video Syrians Flee IS Advance in Hasaka

The Syrian government said Monday it has taken back one of several districts in Hasaka overrun by Islamic State militants. But continued fighting elsewhere in the northern city has forced thousands of civilians from their homes. In this report narrated by Bill Rodgers, VOA Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer describes the scene in Amouda, where some of the displaced are taking refuge.
Video

Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.
Video

Video S. Korea Christians Protest Gay Rights Festival

The U.S. Supreme Court decision mandating marriage equality nationwide has energized gay rights supporters around the world. Gay rights remain a highly contentious issue in a key U.S. ally, South Korea, where police did a deft job Sunday of preventing potential clashes between Christian protesters and gay activists. Kurt Achin reports from Seoul.
Video

Video Saudi Leaks Expose ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’ In Battle With Iran

Saudi Arabia’s willingness to wield its oil money on the global diplomatic stage appears to have been laid bare, after the website WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of leaked cables from Riyadh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Nubians in Kenya Face Land Challenges

East Africa's ethnic Nubians have a rich cultural history that dates back thousands of years, but in Kenya they are facing hardships, including the loss of lands they have lived on for generations. They say the government has reneged on its pledge to award them title deeds for the plots. VOA's Lenny Ruvaga reports.
Video

Video Syrian Refugees Return to Tal Abyad

Syrian refugees in Turkey confirm they left their hometown of Tal Abyad because of intense fighting and coalition airstrikes, not because Kurdish fighters were engaged in ethnic cleansing, as some Turkish officials charged. VOA Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer, in Tal Abyad, finds that civilians coming back to the town agree, as we hear in this report narrated by Roger Wilkison.
Video

Video Military Experts Question New Russian Tank Capabilities

Russia has been showing off its new tank design – the Armata T-14. Designers claim it is 20 years ahead of current Western designs - and driving it feels like playing a computer game. But military analysts question those assertions, and warn the cost could be too heavy a burden for Russia’s struggling economy. Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video In Kenya, Police Said to Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

An organization that documents torture and extrajudicial killings says Kenyan police were responsible for 1,252 shooting deaths in five cities, including Nairobi, between 2009 and 2014, representing 67 percent of all gun deaths in the areas reviewed. Gabe Joselow has more from Nairobi.
Video

Video In Syrian Crisis, Social Media Offer Small Comforts

Za’atari, a makeshift city in Jordan, may be the only Syrian refugee camp to tweet its activities, in an effort to keep donors motivated as the war in Syria intensifies and the humanitarian crisis deepens. Inside the camp, families say mobile phone applications help hold together families that are physically torn apart. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.
Video

Video Chemical-Sniffing Technology Fights Australia's Graffiti Vandals

Cities and towns all over the world spend huge amounts of resources battling graffiti writers who deface buildings, public transport vehicles and even monuments. Authorities in Sydney, Australia, hope a new chemical-sniffing technology finally will stop vandals from scribbling on walls in the passenger areas of commuter trains. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Cambodia Struggling to Curb Child Labor

Earlier this year a United Nations report found 10 percent of Cambodian children aged 7-14 are working – one of the highest rates in the region – and said one in four children in that age bracket are forced to quit school to help their families. Although the child labor rate has dropped over the past decade, Cambodia has a lot more to do – including keeping more children in school. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from Phnom Penh.

VOA Blogs