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Food insecurity continues to deepen in South Sudan as funds dry up

Efforts to provide farmers, fishers and pastoralists with life-saving emergency livelihood kits are at risk due to a funding shortfall, aggravating the risk of famine in some areas of the country, agency says.

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World + 6 others
African Solidarity Trust Fund - by Africans for Africans

A unique, Africa-led fund to improve agriculture and food security across the continent has become a reality. Officially launched in June 2013 with funding totalling over US $ 40 million from Equatorial Guinea, Angola and group of civil society organizations in the Republic of Congo.

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South Sudan - Executive brief 25 July 2014

Jul 2014

Highlights

  • Clashes continue to be reported in parts of the country, despite the signing of a Cessation of Hostilities agreement on 23 January 2014 and a recommitment to the peace process on 9 May. The next IPC update, focusing on hotspot areas of food insecurity, is due out at the end of July. Next full analysis in September.

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Ethiopia + 10 others
GIEWS Update: Greater Horn of Africa: Moisture deficits persist in pastoral and agro-pastoral areas of Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and the United Republic of Tanzania

Highlights:

  • Late and irregular rains in March and April affected the 2014 main cropping season in most countries

  • Beneficial rains in May improved production prospects in Ethiopia and South Sudan

  • Early depletion of grazing resources in most pastoral and agro-pastoral areas following moisture deficits

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Sue Lautze: South Sudan needs meaningful peace

04/07/2014

All sides of the conflict in South Sudan have at times become very "fixed, dark and negative" as outbreaks of violence continue. The country needs lasting peace so that it can see the benefits of its agricultural potential, according to the FAO's representative in South Sudan.

Sue Lautze is the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's representative in South Sudan. Her humanitarian work has spanned 25 years, including posts with the government of Ethiopia, other UN agencies and donor governments. She spoke to EurActiv's Marc Hall.

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World + 33 others
Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 2, July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Prospects for 2014 global cereal production improve further with upward revisions to coarse grains and wheat forecasts, contributing to an enhanced cereal supply outlook for 2014/15.

  • International prices of wheat and maize dropped in June, reflecting favourable production prospects, while rice export quotations increased slightly. Cereal export prices were overall lower than their year earlier levels.

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Agro-pastoralist course inspires graduates to spread knowledge and improve food security in South Sudan

After eight weeks of intensive learning in the field and the classroom, nineteen South Sudanese graduated from FAO South Sudan’s Agro-Pastoral Master Training Course on 7 June 2014 in Lira, Uganda. The course developed the skills of public and private extension service providers to develop community capacities for enhancing agro-pastoral production for improved food security, resilient livelihoods and better incomes. The Master Trainers will particularly focus on vulnerable — but viable — active agro-pastoralists who depend on agriculture and livestock production.

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“A multi-pronged attack on food security” – Video update on South Sudan

An alarming situation that could get worse

The full extent of the conflict-driven food security crisis in South Sudan has yet to unfold, warns Sue Lautze, head of FAO operations in the troubled African nation.

Recent conflicts have destroyed food stocks, disrupted food production activities, and left markets in ruins – and have driven some 300,000 people to flee to neighboring Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan, where they are dependent on food relief for their survival.

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Urgent Appeal: FAO’s role in the Revised South Sudan Crisis Response Plan (June – December 2014)

Before the crisis, South Sudan was already the scene of one of the world’s largest humanitarian operations – responding to structural food insecurity, large refugee populations, intra-tribal violence, floods, drought and austerity caused by the halt in oil production in 2013.

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GIEWS Country Brief : South Sudan 04-June-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • The rainy season started favourably, but crop prospects in conflict-affected areas are uncertain following displacements and loss of assets

  • The food security outlook expected to deteriorate until August, especially in conflict-affected states

  • About 3.5 million people are severely food insecure and in need of urgent humanitarian assistance

  • Protecting crop production capacity in less affected areas is vital to country food security in 2015

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FAO scaling up operations in South Sudan

FAO has extended emergency response for three months to reach conflict-affected farmers, fishers and herders with vital emergency livelihood kits that will enable them to plant crops, fish and protect livestock from disease.

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Somalia + 10 others
GIEWS Update - Greater Horn of Africa: Late and erratic rains raise serious concern for crop and livestock production - 3 June 2014

The total cumulated rainfall is expected to be much below normal with a high risk of drought in the main agricultural areas of Somalia and in parts of Kenya and Ethiopia.

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South Sudan facing risk of famine

Food insecurity will deteriorate dramatically without urgent support to protect livelihoods, FAO warns

21 May 2014, Rome/Oslo - South Sudan is at a risk of famine unless humanitarian assistance is provided now, FAO Deputy Director-General for Operations Dan Gustafson told a humanitarian pledging conference for the country in Oslo.

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Uganda + 1 other
GIEWS Country Brief: Uganda 16-May-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Poor rains affect first season crops in some uni-modal and bi‑modal rainfall areas

  • Maize prices increase since January and are near-record levels in Kampala

  • Food security concerns persist in Karamoja region