- OCHA South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 63 (as of 21 Nov 2014)
- UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief calls for peace, scaling up of aid in South Sudan
- WHO South Sudan Emergency Situation Report #42, 19 Nov 2014
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Thirty five participants from many parts of South Sudan will complete an intensive training on “Risk Analysis of Transboundary Animal Disease” today in Rock City, Juba. Millions of animals in South Sudan are at risk of transboundary diseases, which range from Foot and Mouth Disease to Rabies. This is the first time such training has focused on risk analysis and assessment, hazard identification and risk management in South Sudan.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
•Harvesting of cereal crops has just started and is expected to be completed by the end of the year
•Coarse grain production expected at above-average levels due to favourable rains and increased planted area in key cropping states
•Cereal prices remain at record high levels in most markets
•Food security situation started to improve in October as green crops became available for local consumption and will continue until early next year
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
The forecast for global cereal production in 2014 has been raised closer to last year’s record, which is expected to boost inventories to a multi-year high.
Export prices of wheat and maize decreased further in September to multiyear lows, driven by expectations of large global supplies in 2014/15. Even rice prices, which had been rising in previous months, fell in September.
In late August, teams of FAO South Sudan staff members returned to their offices in FAO’s Juba headquarters after spending challenging weeks in the field conducting the 13th round of the Food Security Monitoring System (FSMS) survey.
The FSMS report provides fundamental updates on the food security and livelihood situation in South Sudan and contributes to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis.
CHALLENGES FACING AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY FOOD SECURITY
In the shortterm, food security is improving across the country according to seasonal patterns. Normal rains, good crop planting and performance, and the start of green harvests have positively affected seasonal availability of crops, livestock products, fish and wild foods.
By Lívia Pontes, Communications Consultant, FAO, Washington, DC.
On Monday, FAO North America hosted Sue Lautze, FAO representative and UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, at a briefing about the crisis in the country. Since last December, the world’s youngest nation has been mired in conflict. Political disputes in the government led to clashes and ethnic violence that displaced 1.3 million people and caused an additional 500,000 to flee to neighboring countries.
Food Security Snapshot
Food Security Snapshot
- In bi-modal rainfall areas, production of first season crops is estimated at average level
- Below-average crop production expected in Karamoja region
- Maize prices continue to seasonally decline in most markets in bi-modal rainfall areas
- Food security concerns persist in parts of Karamoja region
Norway will provide 50 000 households with emergency livelihood kits
11 September 2014, Juba – Norway has donated approximately $10 million to help FAO provide conflict-affected farmers, fishers and herders in South Sudan with critical livelihood support.
Norway’s gift will allow FAO to distribute emergency livelihood kits – including crop seeds, fishing tools, vegetable seeds and livestock health kits – to an additional 50 000 vulnerable households, enabling them to plant crops, fish waterways and protect livestock from critical diseases.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Mixed production prospects for the 2014 main season cereal crops to be harvested from November
Heavy rains since July caused widespread floods across the country, affecting more than 250 000 people
Cereal prices hit new record high levels in most markets
Food security situation expected to improve from October as green crops become available for local consumption
Mixed production prospects for crops to be harvested from early November
Urgent assistance needed for life-saving support to farmers, fishers and pastoralists
31 July 2014, Rome – Continued efforts to provide farmers, fishers and pastoralists in South Sudan with life-saving emergency livelihood kits are at risk due to a funding shortfall, aggravating the risk of famine in some areas of the country, FAO warned today.
A unique, Africa-led fund to improve agriculture and food security across the continent has become a reality. Officially launched in June 2013 with funding totalling over US $ 40 million from Equatorial Guinea, Angola and group of civil society organizations in the Republic of Congo.
Clashes continue to be reported in parts of the country, despite the signing of a Cessation of Hostilities agreement on 23 January 2014 and a recommitment to the peace process on 9 May. The next IPC update, focusing on hotspot areas of food insecurity, is due out at the end of July. Next full analysis in September.
Late and irregular rains in March and April affected the 2014 main cropping season in most countries
Beneficial rains in May improved production prospects in Ethiopia and South Sudan
Early depletion of grazing resources in most pastoral and agro-pastoral areas following moisture deficits
All sides of the conflict in South Sudan have at times become very "fixed, dark and negative" as outbreaks of violence continue. The country needs lasting peace so that it can see the benefits of its agricultural potential, according to the FAO's representative in South Sudan.
Sue Lautze is the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's representative in South Sudan. Her humanitarian work has spanned 25 years, including posts with the government of Ethiopia, other UN agencies and donor governments. She spoke to EurActiv's Marc Hall.
Prospects for 2014 global cereal production improve further with upward revisions to coarse grains and wheat forecasts, contributing to an enhanced cereal supply outlook for 2014/15.
International prices of wheat and maize dropped in June, reflecting favourable production prospects, while rice export quotations increased slightly. Cereal export prices were overall lower than their year earlier levels.
After eight weeks of intensive learning in the field and the classroom, nineteen South Sudanese graduated from FAO South Sudan’s Agro-Pastoral Master Training Course on 7 June 2014 in Lira, Uganda. The course developed the skills of public and private extension service providers to develop community capacities for enhancing agro-pastoral production for improved food security, resilient livelihoods and better incomes. The Master Trainers will particularly focus on vulnerable — but viable — active agro-pastoralists who depend on agriculture and livestock production.