WFP Supports Early Warning And Disaster Preparedness In South Sudan

The Refurbished buildng donated to the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and Management. [Misuk Moses Mule]

WFP made a donation of three pre-fabricated office containers with office furniture, four complete desktop computer workstations, two printers and five motorbikes to the relief and food security department of the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) in Juba.

The support will also include the seconding of two experts in early warning disaster risk preparedness and disaster risk reduction to the RRC. The experts (one national and one international) will assist the government in designing and implementing a national Disaster Risk Management Policy.

WFP in South Sudan is engaged in not only directly saving lives through emergency relief activities, but also putting emphasis on building long term food security, increasing community resilience to shocks  and building government capacity in responding effectively to issues that may impact food security.

Households in South Sudan are affected by recurrent shocks such as drought and floods which require good early warning and monitoring systems that would anticipate, detect, prepare for and mitigate such shocks.

According to the South Sudan Development Plan 2011-2013, the government intends to be in a position to predict 50 percent of major disasters and issue warnings that match international standards.

This support is WFP contribution to the government’s effort to reach that target.

The assistance is intended to support the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management through the RRC to set up an effective early warning and disaster preparedness system.

The infrastructure building and office equipment will provide the staff with the space and necessary material to work effectively and focus on task at hand. The motor-cycles will facilitate movement of staff in gathering information on early warning and disaster preparedness.

The overall value of the assistance which includes the salaries for the experts on secondment as well as support towards field visits, limited training-travel, the buildings and computers is estimated at USD 193,000 dollars.

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