In 2019, South Sudan was among the eight countries identified by the Food Security Information Network with the most severe food security problems on the planet. At any given time, more than half of the population is short of food and more than 1 million people are on the brink of famine.
Since 2013, VWB/VSF has worked to reduce hunger in South Sudan, first with refugee herders, and more recently helping small farmers and herders to produce more and better food. That involves caring for livestock, the most important assets that rural people own, as well as helping to grow more food by teaching people how to use animals -- donkeys and cattle -- to pull plows.
Working in South Sudan is difficult. The country has a long history of violence and conflict. In the communities where it works, VWB/VSF has created peace-building committees -- an important way to ensure that the progress people make will last.