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A vegetable farmer picks kale to sell at the market in Abin-Ajok boma, Rumbek Center.
A vegetable farmer picks kale to sell at the market in Abin-Ajok boma, Rumbek Center.
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Even before civil war erupted in 2013, South Sudan was one of the world’s most fragile and underdeveloped nations, with an economy highly dependent on oil, accounting for 98 percent of government revenue. In 2021, South Sudan was ranked the world’s fourth most fragile state after Syria, Yemen, and Somalia.      

The COVID-19 pandemic and widespread displacement of people due to ongoing conflict and flooding have exacerbated food insecurity and caused significant loss of livelihoods. This severely impacts individual and community coping mechanisms, resulting in frayed relationships between ethnic communities.

USAID’s food security and livelihoods project promotes sustainable livelihoods of vulnerable households and populations. It addresses households, communities, and agriculture-sector vulnerabilities that lead to food and nutrition insecurity among vulnerable populations and contributes to restoring and diversifying livelihoods, strengthening agricultural production practices, and enhancing community and intercommunal resource sharing and management practices.

With the World Bank, USAID is helping South Sudan reduce expenditure arrears, developing a roadmap for future payment systems to avoid future expenditure arrears, and increasing government staff capacity to understand and effectively manage payment systems and expenditure arrears.

Last updated: September 17, 2021

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