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28 Jul 2016 description
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In Numbers

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

>2.4 million
People displaced by conflict ‒ nearly 15 000 in Juba alone due to latest violence

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28 Jul 2016 description
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As widely known, conflict is a leading cause of hunger – each famine in the modern era has been characterized by conflict. Hunger can also contribute to violence, and may act as a channel through which wider socio-economic and political grievances are expressed.

22 Jul 2016 description

The ongoing crisis in South Sudan is aggravating an already fragile socio‐economic context, in which many households are at risk of food insecurity and malnutrition both in rural and urban centers, including in the capital Juba. The South Sudan IPC update for April 2016 estimated that 4.8 million people (40% of the total population) would face severe food insecurity countrywide in the May‐July 2016 lean season period.

16 Jul 2016 description

Lasting calm, commitment to peace process critical as important planting season approaches

16 July 2016, Rome/Juba - Millions of people facing hunger in South Sudan will be driven to the brink of catastrophe if renewed flashes of violence derail the fragile peace process, FAO said today. The Organization called for calm and stability, warning that if peace does not hold, the human costs of recent fighting in Juba will be compounded by deepening hunger across the entire country.

08 Jul 2016 description

Since the start of 2016, FAO and its partners have distributed vital **crop seeds** and **agricultural tools** to more than 180 000 farming households in South Sudan – benefiting about 1.1 million people. The farmers received the seeds ahead of the planting season, allowing them enough time for proper land preparation and planting.

05 Jul 2016 description

Global overview

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. The chances of La Niña following an El Niño episode are higher on average — half of the El Niño events are followed by a La Niña — and typically it 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

29 Jun 2016 description

More than a third of the population in urgent need of food, agriculture and nutrition assistance amid risk of catastrophe in some parts of the country

Joint FAO-UNICEF-WFP News Release

29 June 2016, Juba - Up to 4.8 million people in South Sudan - well over one-third of the population - will be facing severe food shortages over the coming months, and the risk of a hunger catastrophe continues to threaten parts of the country, three UN agencies warned today.

22 Jun 2016 description

The Government of Norway and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have signed a new agreement worth USD 7 million aimed at enhancing the resilience of agricultural livelihoods in South Sudan and rapidly improving the food security of vulnerable families.

21 Jun 2016 description

Executive Summary

UN and development partners, in collaboration with representatives of various national ministries, prepared this context analysis to better understand resilience to shocks that impact food insecurity and malnutrition in South Sudan. The analysis intends to support efforts by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development (MAFCRD) to develop a framework for evidence-based resilience programming in South Sudan.

20 Jun 2016 description

The South Sudan Resilience Strategy has been developed to bridge the humanitarian and development frameworks. Building on FAO’s portfolio of interventions in South Sudan over the past three years, the objective is to increase the resilience of livelihoods, including the protection of the most vulnerable population groups, and enhance livelihood-based productive sectors, while also reducing vulnerability to shocks and stressors.

02 Jun 2016 description

Les premières prévisions de la FAO concernant la production mondiale de blé de 2016 font entrevoir une petite diminution, de moindres volumes étant attendus en Europe et aux États-Unis d’Amérique.

02 Jun 2016 description

Ongoing conflicts and droughts exacerbate food needs

Food insecurity spreads as El Niño casts its shadow over Pacific and Caribbean states

2 June 2016, Rome - Drought linked to El Niño and civil conflict have pushed the number of countries currently in need of external food assistance up to 37 from 34 in March, according to a new FAO report.

02 Jun 2016 description

2 June 2016, Juba – The UN Refugee Agency and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have distributed seeds and agricultural tools to 200,000 refugees and their host communities across South Sudan to help them become more self-sufficient in a country facing a serious food crisis.

26 May 2016 description


The combined effects of long-term conflict and the economic crisis have left South Sudan facing large-scale market dysfunction. As a result, the availability of food – especially of fresh vegetables – has been very limited.

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.