New UN appeal concentrated on food aid

By Jenny Lei Ravelo 16 May 2012

The United Nations is asking for more than $500 million in emergency aid for South Sudan.

The bulk of the money will go to food aid. Assessments made by the government and the United Nations show that about half of the population, or 4.7 million people, are food insecure,Voice of America reports.

Lisa Grande, U.N. humanitarian coordinator in the country, points to food shortages, conflict and border closing as some of the reasons for the current humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. The country’s shutdown of oil production in January has only made matters worse.

It is uncertain whether the appeal will be fully funded, given the status of last year’s humanitarian appeal. Only one-third of the nearly $800 million appeal in 2011 has been funded as of May 16.

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Jenny Lei Ravelo@JennyLeiRavelo

Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.

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