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29 Jun 2016 description

More than a third of the population in urgent need of food, agriculture and nutrition assistance amid risk of catastrophe in some parts of the country

Joint FAO-UNICEF-WFP News Release

29 June 2016, Juba - Up to 4.8 million people in South Sudan - well over one-third of the population - will be facing severe food shortages over the coming months, and the risk of a hunger catastrophe continues to threaten parts of the country, three UN agencies warned today.

29 Jun 2016 description

Sorghum, millet, and wheat are the most important food commodities in northern Sudan. Sorghum is the staple food for the majority of poor households in central and eastern Sudan regions while millet is the main staple food for majority of households in Darfur and some parts of Kordofan regions in western Sudan.

29 Jun 2016 description

Staple Food Markets in East Africa: White maize is the main staple grain consumed in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In Uganda, white maize is grown mainly as a commercial crop for export in the region. Imported rice is a major staple for Djibouti and Somalia, which mainly consume belem—the imported red rice. Tanzania is also a major producer and source of rice in the region while Kenya and Uganda are minor producers. Both red and white sorghum are produced and consumed in the region.

28 Jun 2016 description

Highlights

  • In 2016, WFP plans to assist 3.8 million affected people and has thus far reached 2.5 million people or 68 percent of the people.

  • Humanitarian needs have increased as a result of the South Sudanese refugees, El Niño, and Jebel Marra crises in the country this year. In response, WFP plans to increase food and nutrition assistance to those affected following a budget revision which aims at increasing the number of those targeted from 5.2 million to 5.9 million.

28 Jun 2016 description
report Sudan Tribune

June 27, 2016 (BOR) - A number of humanitarian agencies are currently supporting large numbers of South Sudanese returnees to engage in food production in Jonglei state.

At least 80% of the populations in Twic East county are fully engaged in agriculture as part of efforts to avert food crisis.

The commissioner of Twic East county, Dau Akoi, said his administration had earlier threatened to restrict humanitarian support for people considered to be idle.

27 Jun 2016 description

On 23 June 2016, UNAMID’s Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) Section, in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Central Darfur, handed over 14 donkeys and carts to 50 women who participated in midwifery training through DDR’s Community Stabilization training project. The event was attended by Sudan DDR Commission officials, local community leaders, Ministry of Health Representative, UNAMID DDR staff, midwifery students and the local community.

27 Jun 2016 description

SUMMARY

The humanitarian impact of the 2015-2016 El Niño is deeply alarming, affecting over 60 million people globally. The El Niño phenomenon is now in a neutral phase, but food insecurity caused by drought is not likely to peak before December. East and Southern Africa are the most affected regions, and humanitarian impacts will last well into 2017.

22 Jun 2016 description

WFP works with a wide range of national and local first responders, including community based organizations, NGOs, Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies. 75 percent of WFP’s food assistance is delivered together with NGOs. Around 800 of WFP’s more than 1,000 NGO partners are national and local NGOs. These organizations are often the first to respond to crises and remain in the communities they serve before, after and during emergencies.

21 Jun 2016 description

La Niña in 2016 could suppress rainfall over the Horn of Africa in the latter half of the year

Key Messages

21 Jun 2016 description

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.

20 Jun 2016 description

Summary

Food security in Central Darfur had deteriorated compared to the results for the same month in previous years. The proportion of sampled households that were food insecure increased from approximately 21 to 41 percent from May 2015 to May 2016. Food insecurity levels were elevated among protracted IDPs compared to resident households.

Food Security

20 Jun 2016 description

Summary

Food security deteriorated drastically among sampled IDP households in East Darfur. The deterioration was moderate for sampled resident households, and minor for sampled households in mixed communities. Despite deteriorating food security and worryingly low levels of purchasing power across all households, food consumption issues continue to be overwhelmingly concentrated among IDPs. IDPs were more likely to be food insecure than resident or mixed community households.

Food Security

20 Jun 2016 description

Summary

Almost half of sampled IDP households were found to be food insecure, a substantial deterioration compared to previous rounds of monitoring (May 2015 and November 2015). Food security levels among sampled households in resident communities improved compared to May 2015, while mixed communities deteriorated over the same period. The main drivers of food insecurity included the poor growing season which created fewer labour opportunities in the agricultural sector, combined with steadily increasing prices.

Food Security

20 Jun 2016 description

Summary

Food security deteriorated for sampled IDP households compared to the same time last year. Resident communities, which had roughly similar levels of food insecurity as IDPs and mixed communities in May 2015, saw a clear improvement in this round. IDPs were less food secure compared to resident communities, likely as a result of limited access to cultivation and livelihood options.

Food Security

20 Jun 2016 description

Executive Summary

  • Food security in November 2015 had deteriorated compared to November 2014 and May 2015. The deterioration was the most pronounced in Tokar locality, compared to Agig and Durdeeb localities. Food insecurity was also more prevalent in Tokar.

18 Jun 2016 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR DECEMBER 2016

17 Jun 2016 description

Abnormal dryness in southern Haiti and parts of East Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite enhanced rain over some areas of the Gulf of Guinea over the past few weeks, low and erratic rainfall during April and May has persisted and led to growing moisture deficits over Liberia and parts of Sierra Leone.

14 Jun 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

200,000
Refugees and host communities received seeds and tools from UNHCR and FAO

6,700
Vulnerable IDPs received non-­‐food items across South Sudan

4,758
Children reached with Blanket Supplementary Feeding in Upper Nile

365
Refugees and partners received protection training from UNHCR

10 Jun 2016 description

Increased rainfall to alleviate dryness in areas of West Africa and Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite increased rainfall over some areas of the Gulf of Guinea over the past fews weeks, low and erratic rainfall in April and May has led to growing moisture deficits over Liberia and parts of Sierra Leone.