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SOUTH SUDAN - 2.5 million people in either Crisis or Emergency between January and March 2015

Feb 2015
Eastern Africa South Sudan

The latest IPC Update of the food secuirty projections estimated in September 2014 confirms that 2.5 million people are  facing Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food insecurity levels between January and March 2015

Key contributing factors to the country’s food insecurity are conflict-related displacement, disruptions in livestock and cropbased production, high staple food prices, and high malnutrition.

Conflict has internally displaced over 1.4 million South Sudanese. People from the Greater Upper Nile (GUN) region (Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile States) have been most severely affected. This has negatively impacted livestock and crop production, and markets, especially in the conflict-affected states. These disruptions have in turn increased cereal prices by up to 300 per cent and reduced cereal stocks. In the worst affected counties in the GUN, as much as 80 per cent of the population was unable to cultivate staple crops in the last agricultural season and staple foods remain limited in many local markets. Overall, staple food stocks are projected to deplete within the first quarter (January to March) of 2015. 

The IPC Technical Working Group is especially concerned about food insecurity in the Jonglei counties of Duk, Ayod, Canal/Pigi and Fangak, and the Unity counties of Rubkona and Mayom, where conflict was ongoing in December. These areas are facing Emergency food insecurity (IPC Phase 4) because of extremely limited humanitarian access, low household stocks of staple foods, and poorly functioning markets, all as a result of ongoing conflict. Food insecurity in this area could worsen if humanitarian assistance is disrupted or is not scaled up, and/or if agreements to cease hostilities are not upheld during the tense dry season, when conflicts usually escalate.

FSNWG Website

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