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02 Dec 2016 description

Women are on the front line of the agricultural system, providing major inputs to the cultivation, processing and marketing of produce. Failing to address the inequalities and discrimination that face women and girls will make it impossible to end hunger in South Sudan. There is an urgent need to close the gender gap in South Sudan and provide better protection for women and girls, who face continuous distressing levels of sexual and gender-based violence.

28 Nov 2016 description

The assessment was conducted in September 2016, involving interviews of 619 households providing representative estimates of key variables/indicators for the Juba urban population.

Following are the key highlights of the report:

27 Nov 2016 description


  • Favourable prospects for 2016 main “meher” season crops

  • Below-average pasture conditions in southern and southeastern pastoral areas

  • Given the starting of the main harvest, cereal prices stabilized or declined though at high levels

  • General food security conditions improving with newly-harvested “meher” crops available for consumption

27 Nov 2016 description


  • “Short-rains” crop production severely affected by dry weather conditions

  • “Long-rains” crop production expected at average levels

  • Dry weather conditions affecting pasture availability in most eastern and northeastern areas

  • Prices of maize firm or on the rise in most markets

  • Severe food insecurity in most agro-pastoral and pastoral areas

Unfavourable prospects for 2016/17 “short-rains” season crops

27 Nov 2016 description


  • Coarse grain production in 2016 expected at above-average levels due to favourable rains

  • Good availability of pasture across the country

  • Prices of cereals declining following the start of 2016 harvest in October

  • Food security situation improving, but concerns remain for IDPs and refugees

Above-average 2016 coarse grain production expected in most cropping areas

26 Nov 2016 description


  • Overall favourable prospects for 2016 season crops

  • Inflation rates forecast to slightly increase in 2016

  • 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 prospects for 2016 season crops

20 Nov 2016 description


  • Crop production forecast at below-average levels due to insecurity and displacement of farmers

  • Food prices decline, but still very high

  • Over 3.7 people estimated to be severely food insecure, one million more than one year ago

  • Food insecurity expected to worsen dramatically during first semester of 2017

Below-average crop production expected in 2016 due to insecurity and displacements

20 Nov 2016 description


  • Late and erratic rains affecting planting and establishment of 2016 second season crops

  • Below-average harvest almost completed in Karamoja region

  • Maize prices on the rise in most markets

  • Food security improves in Karamoja region, but stocks expected to end earlier than usual

  • Rapidly increasing numbers of refugees from South Sudan in urgent need of humanitarian assistance

07 Nov 2016 description

An increasing number of South Sudanese will continue to face difficulty in meeting daily food needs in the coming months despite harvests, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has warned. The end of the lean season and start of harvests in South Sudan are traditionally associated with a reduction in food insecurity due to more food stocks and lower food prices in the markets, bringing much needed relief.

05 Nov 2016 description


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 a part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.

EWEA enables FAO to act early before disasters have happened to mitigate or even prevent their impact. By lessening damages to livelihoods and protecting assets and investments, FAO can help local livelihoods become more resilient to threats and crises.

26 Oct 2016 description

Only 2 out of 5 people in need will receive food security support with current funding levels.

22 Sep 2016 description

Market Highlights

  • There are some marginal drops in prices of some food commodities in Juba markets when compared to the previous two weeks. Sorghum flour dropped the most by 16% because of its increased supply in the market following its harvest in neighbouring counties. Prices of both white wheat flour and sugar also dropped by 13% because of improved flows of imports form Nimule to Juba. Maize flour has also seen a 9% drop in price, equally attributed to the availability of dry maize harvests in Juba markets.

15 Sep 2016 description


  • Slightly below average production of 2016 secondary “belg” season crops
  • Favourable prospects for 2016 main “meher” season crops
  • Cereal prices are generally at high levels
  • Number of people in need of assistance slightly declines, but food insecurity remains high

Production of 2016 secondary “belg” crops slightly below average

09 Sep 2016 description

Key messages

↗ Ample supplies and improved production prospects kept cereal prices generally under downward pressure. Maize and rice quotations fell the most, while high quality wheat prices firmed on strong demand.

↗ In Africa, food prices in South Sudan declined in August although they remained high, while in Nigeria the weak currency continued to underpin prices. In Southern Africa, decreasing maize quotations in South Africa eased prices in importing countries.

09 Sep 2016 description


Prospects for global cereal production in 2016 continued to improve in recent months with significant upward revisions for maize and wheat, reflecting particularly favourable weather conditions in some of the large producing countries.

COUNTRIES IN NEED OF EXTERNAL ASSISTANCE: FAO estimates that 36 countries, including 28 in Africa, are in need of external assistance for food. Persisting conflicts and drought induced production declines are the main causes that have stressed food security in 2016.

07 Sep 2016 description


4.8 million
People severely food insecure (IPC Phases 3, 4 and 5, May–July 2016)

>2.5 million
People displaced by conflict ‒
120 000 since the outbreak of violence in July

$28 million
Needed by end 2016 to support the dry season campaign and pre-position for 2017 main season campaign


16 Aug 2016 description

What is La Niña?

La Niña is the cooling of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every three to five years, lasting from six to 24 months. On average, half of El Niño events are followed by a La Niña, which typically affects global climate patterns in the opposite way El Niño does. The intensity of the La Niña climatic phenomenon generally peaks between October and January

Purpose of this report