South Sudan: Acute Food Insecurity Situation September 2017 and Projection for October - December 2017 and January - March 2018
01.09.2017 > 31.03.2018


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  • In September 2017, 6 million people were in Crisis (IPC Phase 3), Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5), which corresponded to 56% of the total population.

  • From October to December 2017, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance (IPC phase 3 and above) is expected to drop to 4.8 million (45% of the total population. However, this figure includes a doubled number of people classified in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) compared to the same time last year, and 25,000 people still experiencing catastrophic conditions and extreme food gaps. 

  • By January-March 2018, it is estimated that 5.1 million (48% of the total population) people will continue to face acute food insecurity, with 20,000 people in Humanitarian Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5).

  • Persistent insecurity and armed conflict have disrupted livelihood activities, affected market functionality and limited physical access to markets. In particular, the widespread conflict has brought nearly 2 million people to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. The worsening economic crisis has resulted in high food prices, local currency devaluation and hyperinflation, which in turn eroded household purchasing power. In addition, an anticipated earlier-than-normal start of the lean season in many areas will further hamper people’s food security, threatening the very survival of the most vulnerable.

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