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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


  • 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


  • 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.

15 Apr 2015 description


  • 1.5 million people internally displaced by conflict (OCHA)

  • 2.5 million people facing severe food insecurity(IPC)

  • Main planting season begins in May: Access is the main requirement for a successful harvest in 2015 - seeds must reach beneficiaries and be planted in time and without conflict interfering

  • FAO has received USD 22 million of the USD 89.2 million requested for 2015 under its Emergency Livelihood Response Programme

02 Apr 2015 description


  • FSL cluster reached around 966,592 people with Food overall in South Sudan, including 484,223 people in hard to reach areas and 482,369 people in conflict areas. Over all achievement in comparison to the Implementation plan is around 70% and food Distributions have been completed in Jazera, Mathiang in Unity State.

  • FSL partners’ teams are currently on the ground in Kuach (Unity) to conduct registrations and distributions of food.

31 Mar 2015 description

In the early weeks of the South Sudan crisis last year, thousands of families crossed state borders from Jonglei to Nimule, Eastern Equatoria State to escape violence and fighting. Until March 2014, these IDPs were staying with their host relatives, scattered in churches and schools, and living under trees in town. Since, they have moved to Melijo, a camp that has been home to 5 000 IDPs from Jonglei State for fourteen months.

11 Mar 2015 description

This IRNA Report is a product of Inter-Agency Assessment mission conducted and information compiled based on the inputs provided by partners on the ground including; government authorities, affected communities/IDPs and agencies.

Situation overview

05 Mar 2015 description


  • FAO has further raised its estimate of the 2014 world cereal production and its forecast for global cereal stocks. Early prospects for cereal supplies in 2015/16 are mostly favourable, partly sustained by large stocks accumulated over the previous two seasons.

  • FAO’s first forecast for global wheat production in 2015 indicates a likely small contraction, mostly reflecting an expected decline in Europe from last year’s record output.

26 Feb 2015 description


  • ≈ 2 million displaced internally and as refugees outside South Sudan (OCHA Sit Rep 73)

  • 2.5 million people facing severe food insecurity from January to March 2015


12 Feb 2015 description


  • In bi-modal rainfall areas, production of second season crops is estimated at average level

  • Below-average crop production harvested in Karamoja region

  • Maize prices at record low levels in main producing areas

  • Food security concerns persist in parts of Karamoja region

Favourable prospects for the 2014 second season crop production in bi-modal areas

10 Feb 2015 description


  • Immediate access to food

  • Agricultural inputs before the planting season

  • Support to rehabilitate/construct community livelihoods infrastructure


09 Feb 2015 description


“Short-rains” crop production estimated at below-average level

Poor conditions of grazing resources in northeastern and central pastoral areas, while beneficial rains improved pasture availability in northwest

Prices of maize continue to decline due to adequate supply

Food security conditions expected to deteriorate in southeastern and coastal agricultural areas as well as northeastern pastoral areas

06 Feb 2015 description

FAO warns of deteriorating situation, need to expand resilience efforts

06 February 2015, Juba - A staggering 2.5 million people – about one-fifth of the population – remain in either Crisis or Emergency level food insecurity as fighting continues in South Sudan, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report, released this week.