Millions of people in South Sudan have been suffering from food shortages for many years. For this reason, DFID has developed a large multi-year humanitarian programme and the UK, with other donors, have been able to prevent famine in each of the last three years. We provide our partners with indicative allocations to help them to plan – but these are not binding commitments. The Secretary of State’s announcement on 22 February that the UK would make £100million available to provide food for 500,000 people and other lifesaving support is the first public announcement, and a binding commitment, of our intended support to South Sudan over the next year.
The recipients of the UK’s humanitarian assistance are the people of South Sudan who need it most. The UK does not give any money to the Government of South Sudan. The details of how the £100million will be allocated are being finalised with our partners who are a range of UN agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations.