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26 Jan 2015 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Horn of Africa comprising Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda covers approximately 5.2 million square kilometers with more than 65% of the land receiving less than 500mm of rainfall annually. This region is home to over 217 million people with diverse and rich culture, resources and opportunities which have enabled them to harness livelihoods over the years.

26 Jan 2015 description
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FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable prospects for 2014 crop production in most southern bi-modal rainfall areas

  • Good yields expected in northern uni-modal rainfall areas, but reduced plantings in conflict-affected areas will lower cereal production

  • Good pasture availability in general, but livestock movements are severely affected by conflict

  • High cereal prices in conflict-affected areas exacerbate the precarious local food security situation

23 Jan 2015 description

Less than three years since its Independence, violence erupted in South Sudan in December 2013. Since then, 1.5 million South Sudanese fled their homes, some managing to bring valuable livelihood assets with them, but many others had to flee leaving everything behind.

“I left my livestock so I could save my children” reflects John Garang Jok who had to escape the violence in Bor, Jonglei State in December 2013 and settled in the Maligo county IDP camp in Nimule. The Maligo IDP camp hosts 5 000 people who were forced to abandon their homes last year.

31 Dec 2014 description

Unusual herding and migration routes in 2014 stir tensions and pose risk of spreading diseases

31 December 2014 –As South Sudan’s livestock owners have fled the ongoing conflict, millions of animals have been displaced, leading to fresh outbreaks of disease and rising tensions between pastoral groups and farmers, as well as within different pastoralist communities.

16 Dec 2014 description

One year on from the outbreak of violence in South Sudan, the country has devolved into two worlds: the areas affected by conflict, mostly in Greater Upper Nile, and the areas less affected by it. As of December 2014, Greater Equatoria and parts of Greater Bahr el-Ghazal have shown good crop production, robust market functioning, and generally speaking minimal food insecurity.

11 Dec 2014 description

Mais les conflits, Ebola et les conditions climatiques défavorables exacerbent l’insécurité alimentaire

11 décembre 2014, Rome – Les dernières indications confirment que la production céréalière mondiale devrait atteindre un niveau record de plus de 2,5 milliards de tonnes en 2014.

11 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • World cereal production in 2014 is forecast to surpass last year’s record, boosting stocks to a 15-year high.

  • Maize export prices increased significantly in November supported by lower than previously expected yields of the 2014 crop in the United States of America. Wheat export prices strengthened in general, while rice quotations declined. Overall, however, cereal export prices persisted at levels below those of a year earlier, reflecting ample global supplies.

11 Dec 2014 description

Conflict, Ebola and adverse weather exacerbate local food insecurity

11 December 2014, Rome - Latest indications confirm that world cereal production will reach an all-time record of more than 2.5 billion tonnes in 2014.

Buoyed by bumper crops in Europe and a record maize output in the United States of America, this year's cereal output should reach 2.532 billion tonnes, including rice in milled terms, or 0.3% higher than 2013, according to FAO's latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation Report.

28 Nov 2014 description

There are over 35 million livestock in South Sudan, including 11 million cows and 25 million goats and sheep combined. Livestock is the largest form of social capital for most of the population and the importance of animal health links directly to food production and food security.

27 Nov 2014 description

Key Highlights

  • Rumbek North has witnessed the worst floods compared to previous years. Not only crops have been submerged in flood waters since August, but also houses/tukuls many of which collapsed as a result.

  • The County is also affected by the prevailing insecurity and inter-communal tensions in the State and therefore, received forced returnees and IDPs from Rumbek Center.

  • More than 20,000 people have been affected by both floods and insecurity.

12 Nov 2014 description

Thirty five participants from many parts of South Sudan will complete an intensive training on “Risk Analysis of Transboundary Animal Disease” today in Rock City, Juba. Millions of animals in South Sudan are at risk of transboundary diseases, which range from Foot and Mouth Disease to Rabies. This is the first time such training has focused on risk analysis and assessment, hazard identification and risk management in South Sudan.

12 Nov 2014 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

•Harvesting of cereal crops has just started and is expected to be completed by the end of the year

•Coarse grain production expected at above-average levels due to favourable rains and increased planted area in key cropping states

•Cereal prices remain at record high levels in most markets

•Food security situation started to improve in October as green crops became available for local consumption and will continue until early next year