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SOUTH SUDAN - Improvement of Food Security Situation

Reduced number of people in Crisis and Emergency by 1.7m due to September harvest

Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development of Republic of South Sudan


The Government of the Republic of South Sudan announces the results of the latest IPC analysis for September 2014.

The latest IPC analysis indicates that food security across the country has begun improving and is expected to continue on a positive trend through December 2014, following seasonal patterns, particularly in Greater Bahr el-Ghazal and Greater Equatoria regions.

Normal rainfall, good crop planting and performance, and the start of the green harvest in late August have had a positive effect on the seasonal availability of crops, livestock products, fish, and wild foods. However, in Greater Upper Nile, due to displacement, planting has been reduced below normal size, which may impact overall cereal production and could lead to fast stock depletion.

While there are significant improvements since May when there were rumors of a looming famine, the current overall food security situation is much better than a typical year at harvest time.

According to the IPC Analysis conducted in South Sudan earlier this month, only 1.5 million people are projected to remain food insecure through December 2014, with two-thirds of them in the Greater Upper Nile. If new shocks occur, their resilience into 2015 may be weakened. Further, by March 2015, more than 2.5 million people might become food insecure of the current situation is not reversed.

The Government, based on the results of the latest IPC Analysis, would like to clearly state that there is no famine in South Sudan. 

East & Central Africa South Sudan
Publication date
Sep 2014
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