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24 Nov 2015 description

In order to strengthen the current Market Information System (MIS) in South Sudan, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is building the capacity of national institutions to collect, analyse and use information about food, agriculture and markets. In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) and the National Bureau of Statistics, FAO has completed nationwide training on market price data collection.

18 Nov 2015 description

Millions of vulnerable households globally could face increased hunger and poverty due to droughts and floods as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9 to 12 months. Typically, this climatic condition develops during April-June and reaches maximum strength during December-February; this event could be the most powerful on record (Earth Institute 2015).

16 Nov 2015 description


  • Drought conditions affecting pasture and water availability in most pastoral and agro-pastoral areas

  • Mixed prospects for 2015 main “meher” cereal crops

  • Cereal prices easing in October with beginning of “meher” crop harvest, while prices of livestock products and vegetables remain high

  • Food security conditions sharply deteriorated in recent months due to drought conditions

12 Nov 2015 description

Continuing its recent support for building food secure futures for the people of South Sudan, Norway has today contributed a further $7.7 million to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help tackle hunger among conflict-affected farmers, fishers and herders in 2016.

12 Nov 2015 description


  • “Long-rains” cereal production estimated at above-average level
  • Poor conditions of grazing resources in some pastoral areas of Eastern and North-Eastern provinces Prices of maize declining in most markets as newly-harvested crops and sustained imports increased supplies
  • Food security conditions start to improve in most agricultural areas as newly-harvested crops become available for consumption

Above-average production expected from 2015 “long-rains” season crops

04 Nov 2015 description

The gFSC global dashboard provides a quick snapshot of the country-level Food Security Clusters around the world. The updated dasboard shows that as of October 2015, the country-level Food Security Clusters remain only at 52 percent funded against their yearly requirements

02 Nov 2015 description


  • In bi-modal rainfall areas, planting operations of 2015 second season crops are still ongoing due to early season dryness

  • Below-average crop production expected in Karamoja region

  • Maize prices sharply increasing and at high levels

  • Serious food security situation in the Karamoja region

Dry conditions at start of 2015 second season

02 Nov 2015 description


  • Mixed production prospects for first season crops in Greater Equatoria Region, while outlook for main season crops in Greater Bahr El Ghazal Region is generally favourable

  • Significant decline in planted area in conflict-affected Greater Upper Nile Region due to massive displacements and escalating conflict

  • Food prices reached record levels in most markets

  • Declining national number of severely food insecure people due to newly-harvested crops and green crop consumption

26 Oct 2015 description

The report highlights the current food security situation of refugees, their livelihoods, challenges and opportunities available to them. Some of the recommendations highlighted in the report include:

  • Need to shift from general food distributions to resilience-building activities such as Food Assistance for Assets;

  • To introduce the latest agriculture technologies to engage both host and refugees for inclusive agricultural value chain development;

22 Oct 2015 description

22 October 2015, Juba – Three UN agencies today warned that extreme hunger is pushing people to the brink of a catastrophe in parts of South Sudan, as a new analysis found that 3.9 million people nationwide now face severe food insecurity.

22 Oct 2015 description


  • World cereal supply and demand balance in the 2015/16 marketing season is likely to remain in a generally comfortable situation. While world cereal production is expected to fall below last year’s record, supplies will be almost sufficient to meet the projected demand, requiring only a small reduction in global inventories by the end of the season.

13 Oct 2015 description

Juba Market Highlights

  • Prices of most staples in Juba remained unchanged between September week 3 and 4 but increased (7-14%) for locally produced cereals over the same period.

  • Compared to August 2015, prices of most food items increased by 6-15 percent.

  • Despite slight increase over the last 2 weeks of September, the cost of locally produced staples went down slightly when compared to three months ago, tempered by increased seasonal availability; while those of imported food remained 25-42 percent higher.

07 Oct 2015 description

Executive Summary

The food security situation in South Sudan continued to be worrisome through 2014 and the early quarter of 2015, particularly in Greater Upper Nile states. While there is a temporary improvement of food security situation at the time of writing as a result of the latest harvest from October 2014, households stocks are unlikely to last through February 2015, especially in the conflict-affected areas.

05 Oct 2015 description

Food insecurity continues to deepen despite recent peace agreement

5 October 2015, Juba – FAO’s rapid response operation in conflict-torn South Sudan has delivered livelihood assistance to 60,000 food-insecure households in hard-to-reach areas of northern Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile States, where food stocks are running out and most families have been unable to produce food through farming or fishing this year.

29 Sep 2015 description


  • Erratic rainfall negatively impacting on prospects for 2015 cropping season

  • Prices of coarse grains increasing in recent months

  • Food security significantly improved since 2014, but concerns remain among IDPs and in conflict-affected areas

  • Most acute food insecure people remain among IDPs in Darfur and South Kordofan states

28 Sep 2015 description

Together with the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Industry (MLFI), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) officially opened the newly restored central cold chain in Juba on 15 September. The cold chain is crucial for the storage, safe transport and performance of temperature-sensitive livestock vaccines.

25 Sep 2015 description


  • Production estimates for recently harvested first season are favorable in Central and Western Equatoria states, while below average production has been obtained in most agro-pastoral areas of Eastern Equatoria state that have been affected by scarce and erratic rains.

  • In June, civil insecurity in some eastern counties of Western Equatoria caused displacement of farmers with significant reduction in area planted and yields of first season crops.

22 Sep 2015 description

Market Highlights

  • In Juba’s markets, prices of most staples increased somewhat between August week 3 and 4.

  • During August week 4, prices of locally produced crops were slightly lower than their levels of three months before, mainly due to the arrival on markets of new harvests.

  • Persistent and substantial depreciation of the local currency, coupled with dollar and fuel shortages, continues to impact on food imports and transportation costs, with knock off effects on prices that more than tripled in one year.