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21 Jul 2017 description

Gesture aims to encourage governments to support FAO's emergency response

21 July 2017, Rome - In an unprecedented move, Pope Francis has symbolically donated €25,000 to FAO's efforts supporting people facing food insecurity and famine in East Africa.

Pope Francis said the funds are "a symbolic contribution to an FAO programme that provides seeds to rural families in areas affected by the combined effects of conflicts and drought."

18 Jul 2017 description

IN NUMBERS

6 million People severely food insecure (IPC June-July 2017)

45 000 People facing famine conditions

>3.8 million People displaced by conflict

$70 million Requested under FAO Emergency Livelihood Response Plan

HIGHLIGHTS

18 Jul 2017 description

An outbreak of fall armyworm has been reported by the Government of South Sudan in the Equatoria region including Magwi, Yei and Juba, Northern Bahr el Gazal and parts of Jonglei area. Fall armyworm is a new pest in Africa, preferring maize plants, but feeds on sorghum, millet, vegetables and other crops as well. As maize and sorghum are staple foods in the country, the infestation is putting an increasing number of people at risk of hunger.

18 Jul 2017 description

Highlights
• FAO led monitoring assessments of crop, rainfall, market price and livestock conditions ongoing.
• Food Security and Nutrition Monitoring System Round 20 is underway targeting all counties in preparation for next IPC release (planned for September).
• Preparation is underway for 50 Farmer Field Schools, and Junior Farmer Field Schools to take place in Eastern Equatoria throughout July and August.

11 Jul 2017 description

Key messages

↗ International wheat prices generally increased in June on quality concerns amid unfavourable growing conditions for the 2017 crops in some key producing countries. Export prices of maize remained generally unchanged, while rice quotations continued to increase mainly on account of strong demand.

10 Jul 2017 description

20 million people at risk of famine, an additional 10 million threatened by famine in the coming months

80% rely on agriculture for their livelihoods

funding to-date: USD 174 million

funding gap: USD 191 million

The world is facing one of the largest food crises in 70 years, with 20 million people in four countries — northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen — at risk of famine. If no action is taken, an additional 10 million will be threatened by famine.

07 Jul 2017 description

Member Nations briefed on famine-fighting efforts in four at-risk countries

6 July 2017, Rome - Preventing famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen urgently requires intensified humanitarian support and further funding. That was the message of an event hosted by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Programme on the sidelines of FAO's Conference.

04 Jul 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Planting of 2017 cereal crops benefiting from early onset of seasonal rains

  • Above-average 2016 cereal production due to favourable rains

  • Pasture conditions improving across the country

  • Prices of cereals stable in most markets

  • Worrying food security situation in conflict-affected areas and for South Sudanese refugees

Planting of 2017 cereal crops benefiting from early onset of seasonal rains

04 Jul 2017 description

BACKGROUND

Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), FAW, is a moth native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, whose larva (photo) causes damage to crops. It mainly affects maize, with potential hosts from 26 plant families. Significant yield loss can be caused by FAW, if not well managed. FAW has several generations per year and the moth can fly up to 100 km per night.

04 Jul 2017 description

20 million
people at risk of famine, an additional 10 million threatened by famine in the coming months

80%
rely on agriculture for their livelihoods

The world is facing one of the largest food crises in 70 years, with 20 million people in four countries — northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen — at risk of famine. If no action is taken, an additional 10 million will be threatened by famine.

04 Jul 2017 description

Context for operational challenges

• Insecurity along Nimule trade route affecting flow of seed and agricultural tools to FAO central warehouse in Juba.

• Service delivery and trade routes affected by ongoing insecurity and rains along main roads in Yei, Torit, Yambio, Wau and Bor.

• Recent displacement in Wau has negatively affected farmers’ preparation for the current agricultural season, and is under further investigation.

• Inflation has affected trade and market prices.

Highlights

03 Jul 2017 description

Background

The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.

03 Jul 2017 description

3 July 2017, Rome - The number of hungry people in the world has increased since 2015, reversing years of progress, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told member states today at the opening of the agency's biennial conference.

Graziano da Silva stressed that almost 60 percent of the people suffering from hunger in the world live in countries affected by conflict and climate change.

FAO currently identifies 19 countries in a protracted crisis situation, often also facing extreme climatic events such as droughts and floods.

02 Jul 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Overall, favourable vegetation conditions for secondary 2017 season crops

  • Inflation rates forecast to slightly increase in 2017

  • Food prices at high levels in eastern and southern parts of the country

  • Serious humanitarian situation in eastern and southern provinces due to persisting civil conflict

Overall, favourable vegetation conditions for secondary 2017 season crops

21 Jun 2017 description

More than 6 million people now facing hunger driven largely by conflict

21 June 2017, Rome/Juba - Famine has eased in South Sudan after a significant scale up in the humanitarian response, according to new analysis released today. However, the situation remains dire across the country as the number of people struggling to find enough food each day has grown to 6 million - up from 4.9 million in February - and is the highest level of food insecurity ever experienced in South Sudan.

18 Jun 2017 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Urban food insecurity in South Sudan has been of increasing concern in recent years since the outbreak of the conflict and the economic crisis causing hyperinflation and thus making many urban households vulnerable to food insecurity and malnutrition. After the studies in Juba, this assessment was conducted in order to understand the household food security and nutrition situation in the urban areas of Bor. The assessment is based on a survey of 625 households in 29 enumeration areas provided by the National Bureau of Statistics.

14 Jun 2017 description

Focus is on saving lives and livelihoods to sustain peace and tackle hunger

14 June 2017, Rome - The African Union (AU) and FAO will seek to step up joint efforts to end hunger and sustain peace in the continent say FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko .

09 Jun 2017 description

Context for operational challenges

IPC numbers of acute food insecurity being updated, final report expected by mid June

• Initial delayed start of rains, particularly in former Central Equatoria State, but improvementssince May throughout the country

• Levels of food insecurity continue to worsen in Jonglei and Upper Nile

• Insecurity restricts trade routes through the Western Corridor

• Security related incidents in Leer and Mayendit counties, including an attack on Luom in May where homes where looted, burned and destroyed