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08 Feb 2016 description

Rise in hunger at harvest time; harsh and prolonged 2016 lean season approaching

8 February 2016, Juba - South Sudan is facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity, as 2.8 million people — nearly 25 percent of the country's population — remain in urgent need of food assistance, and at least 40,000 people are on the brink of catastrophe, three UN agencies warned today.

05 Feb 2016 description

Données collectées en septembre 2015

La collecte des données relative à cette enquête est faite par le service des statistiques agricoles du Ministère de l’Agriculture (IPAPEL) en partenariat avec le Programme Alimentaire Mondial (PAM) et le cluster sécurité alimentaire.

01 Feb 2016 description

Since the independence of South Sudan, the value of the pegged exchange rate has somewhat been unsustainable – wide differential with the actual value of the currency as determined by economic circumstances and developments in the country.

26 Jan 2016 description

Nyalen Kuong is suffering from acute malnutrition. Seven months ago, the 40-year-old fled Leer town to Dangyow Island in Leer County with her four children after violence broke out. During the attack on her village, her husband and two sons were killed and her livestock and food were taken.

05 Jan 2016 description

With South Sudan still facing a large-scale food crisis, the need for quality data on crop harvests is crucial. As part of strengthening the agriculture and food security information, FAO has conducted an intensive 12-day field crop and harvest assessment training in Aweil for 28 government officers and NGO field staff from all states. It is the first time that such training could be done in the field, giving participants the opportunity to master rapid assessment techniques through practical, hands-on exercises.

30 Dec 2015 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In August 2015, an assessment was conducted in Juba urban areas to understand the food security and nutrition status of the Juba urban population. The assessment would establish the status of the Juba urban population and determine the role of the ongoing economic downturn on household vulnerability. The assessment employed both qualitative and quantitative methods. Key results are as follows:

Overall Food Security and Nutrition situation

28 Dec 2015 description

Juba Market Highlights

  • Prices of most staples in Juba were unchanged except for slight increase in the cost of cereals (rice, sorghum and wheat flour) in the first week of November.

  • Compared to October 2015, food prices increased by 11-41 percent, extending renewed post-harvest rebound witnessed since September. As a result, food prices are between 30 and 77 percent higher than their level of three months ago.

23 Dec 2015 description

In 2015, volatile security conditions and increasing access constraints posed considerable challenges to the implementation of FAO South Sudan’s Emergency Livelihoods Response Programme (ELRP). Despite the increasing complexity and deepening impact of the crisis, FAO has achieved remarkable results and built on valuable experiences.

23 Dec 2015 description

empres watch VOL 34 - December 2015

Contributors: Claudia Pittiglioa , Julio Pintoa , Susanne Münstermann b, Pierre Formentyc , Juan Lubrotha , Stephane de la Rocquec , Eran Raizmana , Daniel Beltran-Alcrudoa a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); b World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE); c World Health Organization (WHO)

Introduction

07 Dec 2015 description

08/12/2015

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the national Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Industry (MLFI), has more than tripled the number of refrigerators and freezers for storing veterinary medicines and vaccines. This has contributed to strengthening South Sudan’s cold chain system and is helping overcome the challenges of providing livestock support in hard-to-reach areas of the country.

03 Dec 2015 description

Highlights

FAO’s latest forecasts for global supply and demand of cereals continue to point to a generally comfortable 2015/16 marketing season, with world inventories by the close of seasons in 2016 expected to fall only slightly below their record opening levels.

24 Nov 2015 description

In order to strengthen the current Market Information System (MIS) in South Sudan, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is building the capacity of national institutions to collect, analyse and use information about food, agriculture and markets. In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) and the National Bureau of Statistics, FAO has completed nationwide training on market price data collection.

18 Nov 2015 description

Globally, millions of vulnerable households are at risk of increased hunger and poverty due to droughts and floods as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9-12 months. No two El Niño events are ever the same and it is thought that this particular occurrence could be the most powerful on record. The strongest El Niño in 1997/1998 killed some 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth US$ 36 billion.

16 Nov 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Drought conditions affecting pasture and water availability in most pastoral and agro-pastoral areas

  • Mixed prospects for 2015 main “meher” cereal crops

  • Cereal prices easing in October with beginning of “meher” crop harvest, while prices of livestock products and vegetables remain high

  • Food security conditions sharply deteriorated in recent months due to drought conditions

12 Nov 2015 description

Continuing its recent support for building food secure futures for the people of South Sudan, Norway has today contributed a further $7.7 million to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help tackle hunger among conflict-affected farmers, fishers and herders in 2016.

12 Nov 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • “Long-rains” cereal production estimated at above-average level
  • Poor conditions of grazing resources in some pastoral areas of Eastern and North-Eastern provinces Prices of maize declining in most markets as newly-harvested crops and sustained imports increased supplies
  • Food security conditions start to improve in most agricultural areas as newly-harvested crops become available for consumption

Above-average production expected from 2015 “long-rains” season crops

04 Nov 2015 description

The gFSC global dashboard provides a quick snapshot of the country-level Food Security Clusters around the world. The updated dasboard shows that as of October 2015, the country-level Food Security Clusters remain only at 52 percent funded against their yearly requirements