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27 Jul 2015 description

In South Sudan, the current demand for cooking fuels, and access to these resources, has huge implications for the environment and people’s well-being. The environmental risks associated with fuel wood use in the country are significant, given the damaging, long-term effects of over-exploiting natural forests. With these risks in mind, FAO and the Government of South Sudan launched a one-day consultative workshop on charcoal production and trade to raise awareness on the impact of charcoal production.

20 Jul 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Unfavourable prospects for 2015 secondary “belg” season cereal crops

  • Poor livestock body conditions in most pastoral areas due to dry weather conditions affecting pasture and water

  • Cereal prices increasing in June due to progress of lean season coupled with unfavourable prospects for “belg” season

  • Food security conditions deteriorate in “belg” season dependent areas as well as in most pastoralist areas

09 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Prospects for world cereal production in 2015 remain favourable, despite recent adverse weather conditions in some regions and continuing concerns over El Niño, with the global cereal supply and demand outlook for 2015/16 pointing to generally stable conditions.

06 Jul 2015 description

Livestock play a vital role in the livelihoods of communities in the bordering countries of South Sudan and Uganda. However, when these animals are crossing from country to country, many can suffer from serious animal health issues, such as the spread of Foot and Mouth disease. There are also a range of negative socio-economic impacts caused by transboundary Animal Diseases or outbreaks during cross-border movement.

02 Jul 2015 description

02/07/2015

A major food crisis has enveloped South Sudan and continues to deteriorate at an alarming rate. In the first half of 2015, the prices of basic food commodities consistently increased, resulting in a nearly 30 percent rise in the cost of the minimum expenditure food basket. One worrying result is that now most urban poor people are spending up to 85 percent of their income on food, having an enormous impact on their food security.

23 Jun 2015 description

Foreword

In 2015, the world continues to face an unprecedented number of humanitarian crises.

16 Jun 2015 description

With his hands full of tomatoes, Atiang Lual Yel took a break from his farm work to meet with a team from FAO South Sudan and the Swiss Development Fund (SDC). The SDC is a resource partner for the FAO-implemented project “Improved food security and livelihood development for agropastoral communities in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal and Warrap States.”

16 Jun 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Seasonal rains are forecast at average to above-average levels in most bi-modal central and southern areas, while below-average rainfall amounts are expected in rest of country

  • Significant decline in planted area expected in most conflict-affected states

  • Rising food prices in most markets

  • Worsening food security conditions in conflict-affected areas due to early depleted food stocks and high prices

04 Jun 2015 description

Jun 2015

Some 3.8 million people were estimated to be severely food insecure by April in South Sudan – 3 million in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis) and 800 000 in IPC Phase 4 (Emergency). The situation is rapidly deteriorating as the lean season peaks in July, with up to 4.6 million people facing severe food insecurity. Renewed violence in Unity and Upper Nile States in May forced UN agencies and partner NGOs to rapidly withdraw from the affected areas.

04 Jun 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Mixed production prospects for 2015 “long-rains” season crops

  • Water deficits affect grazing resources in most northeastern pastoral and agro-pastoral areas

  • Since April, maize prices are on the rise in most markets

  • Acute food insecurity conditions remain in most southeastern and coastal agricultural areas as well as northeastern pastoral areas

01 Jun 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Planting of 2015 sorghum and millet crops has just started in southern areas

  • Cereal prices are stable at low levels in most markets, but rising in some conflict-affected areas

  • Food security situation improved by end of last year following well above-average 2014 cereal crop production

  • Most acute food insecure people remain among IDPs in Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and West Kordofan states

29 May 2015 description

Forty-percent of country's population unable to meet food needs by July unless action is taken

29 May 2015, Rome - The ongoing conflict and related economic downturn in South Sudan has left 3.8 million people facing emergency and crisis levels of food insecurity, according to a new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report. That is 1.3 million more than the IPC's last projection made in December 2014.

14 May 2015 description

Planting season about to start - critical window of opportunity for local food production

14 May 2015, Juba - As the main planting season here begins, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is accelerating its efforts to get vital seeds, tools and other materials to some of South Sudan's most vulnerable farmers.

10 May 2015 description

Major Accomplishments in April 2015

  • FSL Cluster accomplishment and performance report was prepared & submitted for CHF 2014 Annual Report publication.

  • NGO Co-Chair nomination process – FSLC developed the guidance for the NGO Co-Chair selection process & cluster co-coordinator self-nomination/ self-assessment Form and the process initiated. Final presentation and voting will be done on the 6th May 2015.

06 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In 2014, generally favourable rains and absence of major outbreaks of pests and diseases supported first and second season cereal crop production in the traditional farming sector.

  • Despite a significant decline in cereal harvested area in conflict-affected states, 2014 net cereal production in the traditional sector is estimated at about one million tonnes, about 13 percent above the previous year’s output.

28 Apr 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • In bi-modal rainfall areas, late and erratic rains affected first season crops in central and southern districts

  • Prices of matooke and beans increased by 20-40 percent between February and March in most markets

  • Food security concerns persist in parts of Karamoja region

Prospects for 2015 first season crops are uncertain in bi-modal areas due to erratic seasonal rains

28 Apr 2015 description

April is the start of the lean season in the north of South Sudan, and communities are relying on coping strategies to pull through until the next harvest. Last month, FAO and partners visited Unity state – a state hard hit by conflict, population displacement, and low food availability – to conduct a food security and nutrition assessment. What they found is that a large percentage of the population are internally displaced people (IDPs) and many have very limited food access.

23 Apr 2015 description

JUBA, 23 April 2015: With abundant natural resources, South Sudan has enormous potential to overcome poverty and secure a prosperous future for its people. Agriculture, on which an estimated three-quarters of the population relies, is key to driving this economic growth. However, many South Sudanese lack the means and training to improve food production.

22 Apr 2015 description

FAO’s stand-by partnerships continue to provide very valuable support to FAO in preparing and responding quickly and effectively to emergencies worldwide. In 2014, FAO responded to a number of Level 3 emergencies, such as the Philippines, South Sudan and Central African Republic, as well as other complex emergencies like Syria and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. SBPs provided support to all of these emergencies through the secondment of qualified staff in a very short time frame.