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28 Mar 2017 description

Drought in the Horn of Africa

Drought situation and impact

The ongoing drought is widespread, and the situation is deteriorating faster than even expected. Conditions are extremely worrying across southern and southeastern Ethiopia, northern and coastal Kenya, almost all of Somalia, southeastern South Sudan and northeastern Uganda.

28 Mar 2017 description

The world faces the largest food crises in 70 years, with more than 10 million people in four countries — northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen — on the brink of famine, and a further 30 million severely food insecure.

23 Mar 2017 description

Summary

Despite widespread emergency response in Ethiopia’s agriculture sector last year to the El Niño-induced drought, humanitarian needs remain high in 2017. New threats to food security are emerging – including severe drought in southern and southeastern pastoral areas and a growing refugee crisis in Gambella Region. Livelihood recovery will remain slow for El Niño-affected farmers, especially those in areas where harvests were below average.

14 Mar 2017 description

Recent contextual development in Central Unity:

According to the most recent IPC analysis, released on February 20, 2017, approximately 4.9 million (about 42% of population) people are estimated to be severely food insecure (IPC Phases 3, 4, and 5), from February to April 2017. This is projected to increase to 5.5 million people, (47% of the national population) at the height of the 2017 lean season in July.

14 Mar 2017 description

On 20 February 2017, famine was declared in parts of Unity State affecting 100,000 people, with some 5.5 million people expected to be severely food insecure at the height of the lean season (mid 2017). The level of food insecurity is unprecedented since South Sudan’s independence and almost entirely due to the conflict which commenced in 2013.
In 2016 three major shocks occurred to cause this escalated deterioration:

14 Mar 2017 description

FACING FAMINE IN SOUTH SUDAN

On 20 February 2017, famine was declared in parts of Unity State affecting 100,000 people, with some 5.5 million people expected to be severely food insecure at the height of the lean season (mid 2017). The level of food insecurity is unprecedented since South Sudan’s independence and almost entirely due to the conflict which commenced in 2013.

In 2016 three major shocks occurred to cause this escalated deterioration:

09 Mar 2017 description

This month saw the launch of the Humanitarian Response Plan: In 2017, the food security situation across South Sudan is predicted to deteriorate to the lowest levels since the 2013 crisis with famine declared in parts of Unity State due to a combination of (1) conflict; (2) a reduction of agricultural outputs (less due to environmental factors and more due to large scale displacement; (3) lower purchasing power in the current economic crisis; and (4) reduced trade flows or supply of goods and commodities from neighbouring countries and within the country.

07 Mar 2017 description

In 2017, the food security situation across South Sudan is predicted to deteriorate to the lowest levels since the 2013 crisis with famine declared in parts of Unity State due to a combination of: (1) conflict; (2) a reduction of agricultural outputs; (3) lower purchasing power (demand-related shocks); and (4) supply side shocks (reduced trade flows). There has already been an increase in the number of people requiring assistance in the Greater Bahr Ghazals, Warrap, and across the Equatorias.

02 Mar 2017 description

Global harvests strong but hunger persists amid chronic conflict zones

Food security emergencies are likely to increase

2 March 2017, Rome - Global food supply conditions are robust, but access to food has been dramatically reduced in areas suffering civil conflicts, while drought conditions are worsening food security across swathes of East Africa, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

02 Mar 2017 description

La faim persiste dans les zones de conflits chroniques malgré de bonnes récoltes mondiales

Les urgences liées à la sécurité alimentaire sont appelées à augmenter

01 Mar 2017 description

IN NUMBERS

4.9 million
People severely food insecure (IPC February-April 2017)

>100 000
People facing famine in the former Unity State

>3.4 million
People displaced by conflict

$61 million
Requested under the 2017 South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan

HIGHLIGHTS

27 Feb 2017 description

Food insecurity and poverty pose major challenge to goal of ending hunger by 2030 in sub-Saharan Africa

FAO report stresses need to increase agricultural productivity

24 February 2017, Freetown - Some 153 million people, representing about 26 percent of the population above 15 years of age in sub-Saharan Africa, suffered from severe food insecurity in 2014-15, according to a new FAO report.

26 Feb 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Famine declared in parts of former Unity State

  • About 5 million people estimated to be severely food insecure until July 2017

  • Crop production declines due to insecurity and displacement of farmers

  • Food prices at exceptionally high levels

Famine declared in parts of former Unity State

25 Feb 2017 description

Just north of the South Sudanese capital Juba lies Terekeka state, home to the Mundari, one of South Sudan’s 64 ethnic groups. Mundaris are predominantly cattle keepers but also practice small-scale agriculture and fishing along the Nile, whose water levels rise and fall according to the seasons. The area includes five natural lakes hidden in the swatches of land and inspiring the name Terekeka, which translates as “forgotten” in the local dialect.

20 Feb 2017 description

UN agencies warn that almost 5 million people urgently need food, agriculture and nutrition assistance

20 February 2017, Juba - War and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan where famine was declared today, three UN agencies warned. A further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine.

14 Feb 2017 description

Soaring cost of basic staples is an extra challenge for pastoralists as livestock prices fall

14 February 2017, Rome - Drought throughout East Africa has sharply curbed harvests and pushed the prices of cereals and other staple foods to unusually high levels, posing a heavy burden to households and special risks for pastoralists in the region.

09 Feb 2017 description

With Abyei’s farming, markets and distribution networks severely disrupted due to inter-communal conflict, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) strives to reactivate the local food economy dominated by imports and humanitarian assistance. In December 2016, under a European Union funded initiative, 120 fisher folk were trained in post-harvest management and grading to encourage and revitalize local trade.

08 Feb 2017 description
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Screenshot of the interactive content as of 08 Feb 2017.

The interactive map, found at https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/assessments/map, allows you to check if assessments have taken place in certain locations, if they are planned or ongoing and if something has already happened in a specific sector. The interactive global Assessment registry is built from assessments uploaded on humanitarianresponse.info by OCHA, the cluster leads and humanitarian partners. You can filter by country, cluster, organization and date.

04 Feb 2017 description

Background

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 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 and 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.

02 Feb 2017 description

IN NUMBERS

4.9 million People severely food insecure by July 2017 (FSL Cluster projection)

>3 million People displaced by conflict

$61 million Requested under the 2017 South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan

HIGHLIGHTS