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20 May 2016 description

Market Highlights

  • Prices of most food commodities in Juba increased slightly in the second week of May compared to the previous week except white sorghum feterita (grain) and Beans (janjaro), which jumped by 30% and 22% respectively. This is a result of the official currency devaluation policy since mid-December 2015 and increased dependency of markets by consumers in order to fill the food gap at the household level considering May as a lean season in the Central Equatorial region.

17 May 2016 description

Due to the growing world population, it is estimated that global food production will need to increase by 60 percent to feed over 9.5 billion people by 2050. Worldwide, the livelihood of 2.5 billion people depend on agriculture. These small-scale farmers, herders, fishers and forest-dependent communities generate more than half of the global agricultural production and are particularly at risk from disasters that destroy or damage harvests, equipment, supplies, livestock, seeds, crops and stored food.

11 May 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • “Short-rains” crop production estimated at above-average levels

  • Planting of “long-rains” crops delayed by erratic onset of seasonal rains

  • Prices of maize at low levels on most markets

  • Food security conditions improving in most agro-pastoral and pastoral areas

“Short-rains” 2015/16 season harvest estimated at above-average levels

05 May 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Good prospects for 2016 first season crop production
  • Maize prices seasonally increasing but at low levels
  • High food vulnerability persists in Karamoja Region

Favourable prospects for 2016 first season crop production

02 May 2016 description

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s stand-by partnerships (SBP) are an invaluable source of support for FAO in emergencies as well as in protracted crisis situations. SBPs (Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC/NORCAP), Danish Refugee Council (DRC), iMMAP, CANADEM, RedR Australia and DFID) contribute to FAO’s mandate not only through surge support but also through the provision of longer term experts that assist in the area of resilience building and disaster risk management (DRM).

26 Apr 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Planting of 2016 secondary “belg” season cereal crops is still underway

  • March-May “belg” rains were erratic in March, delaying planting activities

  • “Belg” rains improved in April, but pockets of moisture deficits remain in southern SNNPR and Oromia regions as well as eastern Amhara Region

  • Cereal prices remain firm despite ongoing commercialization of 2015 main “meher” season harvest

  • Number of people in need of food assistance estimated at high 10.2 million

21 Apr 2016 description

1. Introduction

The NPA and ROSS led food security, nutrition and livelihood assessment in Maiwut and Longechuk Counties, which was carried out from the 9th March through 30th March 2016. The objective was to understand how different rural population groups in the counties survive and cope with shocks and market systems.

18 Apr 2016 description

IN NUMBERS

2.8 million
People severely food insecure
(IPC Phases 3 and 4, January‒March 2016)

>2.3 million
People displaced by conflict ‒ nearly 1.7 million internally

USD 45 million
needed for the implementation of FAO’s 2016 emergency campaign

KEY MESSAGES

  • Insecurity in Wau County is preventing farmers from preparing their lands in time for the coming rainy season.

07 Apr 2016 description

Climate change and conflict pose challenges; joint action to deliver on commitments needed - FAO Director-General.

7 April 2016, Abidjan – Africa has made great strides in tackling hunger -- achieving a 30 percent drop in the proportion of its people facing hunger over the 1990-2015 period -- but climate change, conflict and social inequality continue to present major challenges in the continent's quest for a future free from hunger and want, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

05 Apr 2016 description

Food gap widens in conflict-stricken South Sudan - UN assessment

2016 cereal deficit about 53 percent higher than in 2015; food prices soaring as markets collapse

5 April 2016, Juba - Civil strife and unfavourable rains have further reduced crop production in South Sudan, contributing to a cereal deficit of 381,000 tonnes -- 53 percent greater than in 2015 -- and aggravating the already severe food shortages, two UN agencies warned today.

30 Mar 2016 description

Mr Graziano da Silva a insisté sur le fait que la lutte contre la faim et l’amélioration de la résilience des moyens de subsistance des populations rurales peuvent produire des dividendes de paix.

29 Mars 2016, Rome - Améliorer la sécurité alimentaire peut aider à construire une paix durable et même à repousser d'éventuels conflits, a expliqué le Directeur général de la FAO José Graziano da Silva aux membres du Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies.

21 Mar 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Land preparation underway in Greater Equatoria Region as seasonal rains expected to start soon

  • March-May rains forecast at average to above-average levels in most bi-modal southern rainfall areas, while lower rainfall amounts expected in north

  • Food prices still at record levels in most markets

  • Despite recent harvest, number of severely food insecure people rising due to market disruptions and economic downturn

11 Mar 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Late and erratic rains have severely affected 2015 cereal crops production
  • After poor rains in 2015, grazing resources are quickly deteriorating during January‑June dry season
  • Prices of cereals on the increase and at high levels
  • Lean season in 2016 expected to start earlier than usual as meagre stock will be depleted and prices will rise
  • Most acute food insecure people remain among IDPs in Greater Darfur Region and in South Kordofan State
11 Mar 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Planting of 2016 secondary “belg” season cereal crops underway
  • March‑May “belg” rains expected to be favourable, especially in SNNPR and southern Oromia Region
  • Cereal prices remain firm despite ongoing commercialization of 2015 main “meher” season harvest
  • Number of people in need of food assistance estimated at high 10.2 million
10 Mar 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Good prospects for 2016 first season crop production

  • Maize prices decline, but still at high levels due to sustained regional demand

  • High food vulnerability persists in Karamoja region

Favourable prospects for 2016 first season crop production

09 Mar 2016 description

Global crop prospects benign, but hunger intensifies in areas suffering from conflict

Food security worsens further in Southern Africa due to drought

9 March 2016, Rome - Thirty-four countries, including 27 in Africa, are currently in need of external assistance for food due to drought, flooding and civil conflicts, according to a new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report released today.