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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.

15 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS THIS MONTH

  • 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.