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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

09 Oct 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The forecast for global cereal production in 2014 has been raised closer to last year’s record, which is expected to boost inventories to a multi-year high.

  • Export prices of wheat and maize decreased further in September to multiyear lows, driven by expectations of large global supplies in 2014/15. Even rice prices, which had been rising in previous months, fell in September.

03 Oct 2014 description

03/10/2014

In late August, teams of FAO South Sudan staff members returned to their offices in FAO’s Juba headquarters after spending challenging weeks in the field conducting the 13th round of the Food Security Monitoring System (FSMS) survey.

The FSMS report provides fundamental updates on the food security and livelihood situation in South Sudan and contributes to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis.

23 Sep 2014 description

CHALLENGES FACING AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY FOOD SECURITY

In the short­term, food security is improving across the country according to seasonal patterns. Normal rains, good crop planting and performance, and the start of green harvests have positively affected seasonal availability of crops, livestock products, fish and wild foods.

22 Sep 2014 description

By Lívia Pontes, Communications Consultant, FAO, Washington, DC.

On Monday, FAO North America hosted Sue Lautze, FAO representative and UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, at a briefing about the crisis in the country. Since last December, the world’s youngest nation has been mired in conflict. Political disputes in the government led to clashes and ethnic violence that displaced 1.3 million people and caused an additional 500,000 to flee to neighboring countries.

16 Sep 2014 description

Food Security Snapshot

  • In bi-modal rainfall areas, production of first season crops is estimated at average level
  • Below-average crop production expected in Karamoja region
  • Maize prices continue to seasonally decline in most markets in bi-modal rainfall areas
  • Food security concerns persist in parts of Karamoja region
12 Sep 2014 description

Norway will provide 50 000 households with emergency livelihood kits

11 September 2014, Juba – Norway has donated approximately $10 million to help FAO provide conflict-affected farmers, fishers and herders in South Sudan with critical livelihood support.

Norway’s gift will allow FAO to distribute emergency livelihood kits – including crop seeds, fishing tools, vegetable seeds and livestock health kits – to an additional 50 000 vulnerable households, enabling them to plant crops, fish waterways and protect livestock from critical diseases.

12 Sep 2014 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Mixed production prospects for the 2014 main season cereal crops to be harvested from November

  • Heavy rains since July caused widespread floods across the country, affecting more than 250 000 people

  • Cereal prices hit new record high levels in most markets

  • Food security situation expected to improve from October as green crops become available for local consumption

Mixed production prospects for crops to be harvested from early November